The mission of BE BEST is to focus on some of the major issues facing children today, with the goal of encouraging children to BE BEST in their individual paths, while also teaching them the importance of social, emotional, and physical health. BE BEST will concentrate on three main pillars: well-being, online safety, and opioid abuse.
BE BEST will champion the many successful well-being programs that provide children with the tools and skills required for emotional, social, and physical health. The campaign will also promote established organizations, programs, and people who are helping children overcome some of the issues they face growing up in the modern world.
By promoting values such as healthy living, encouragement, kindness, and respect, parents, teachers, and other adults can help prepare children for their futures. With those values as a solid foundation, children will be able to better deal with the evils of the opioid crisis and avoid negative social media interaction.
When children learn positive online behaviors early-on, social media can be used in productive ways and can effect positive change. Mrs. Trump believes that children should be both seen and heard, and it is our responsibility as adults to educate and reinforce to them that when they are using their voices—whether verbally or online—they must choose their words wisely and speak with respect and compassion.
Opioid dependence, addiction, and abuse are an epidemic in this country. BE BEST will support the families and children affected by this crisis, bring attention to neonatal abstinence syndrome, and help educate parents on the importance of healthy pregnancies.
BE BEST INTERNATIONAL
First Lady Melania Trump joined President Trump on his trip to the United Kingdom in July of 2018. While in London, the First Lady visited the Royal Hospital Chelsea (RHC), which cares for over 300 Chelsea Pensioners (former soldiers of the British Army), along with local school children from St. George’s Church of England Primary School. At St. George’s, students are educated under the school’s motto “the best that we can be.” Mrs. Trump spent time learning more about what the motto means to each of the children, making poppies (a symbol of remembrance for fallen soldiers), and playing a lawn game known as bowls!
While the President and Fist Lady were in Tokyo, Japan, Mrs. Trump accompanied Mrs. Abe, the spouse of Japan’s Prime Minister, on a tour of the teamLab Borderless Exhibit at the Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo. The tour included stops into several of the exhibits—including the flower room, waterfall room, crystal room, cave room, lamp room, and landscape exhibit—each made up of light shows and interactive demonstrations. At the digital aquarium, children participated in drawing sea animals and scanning them into a computer that projected them onto the walls.
In February 2020, the President and First Lady traveled to New Delhi, India, for a State Visit. While there, the First Lady visited with teachers and students at Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School. “Wonderful to see the principles of #BeBest are not just limited to the U.S., and can be found throughout the world,” said Mrs. Trump of the Sarvodaya School’s ‘happiness curriculum.’