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"Friendliness, compassion and positivity are very important features in life," Melania Trump tells the students



TYSONS, Va. – Melania Trump said on Sunday that kindness, compassion, and positivity are important qualities in life. The First Lady helped SADD – students against destructive decisions – open their annual national conference in a hotel outside of Washington.

The show followed her journey last week to the US-Mexico border to see the impact of her husband's "zero tolerance" policy against illegal immigration to children.

It was also followed by her recent announcement of a campaign called "Be Best ", which aims to help adults help children become their best selves.

"I am firmly convinced that it is the job of adults to provide you with the tools you need to be the best in all walks of life," she said in a short speech to about 450 students and adult conference. "That's why I'm here today, and I believe in SADD's mission to empower you to face the risks and pressures you face on a daily basis."

"Kindness, compassion and positivity are very important features in life," she continued. "It's much easier to say nothing than to speak kind words, it's easier to judge quickly than to take time to understand, it's often easier to see a half-empty glass than half full."

"Nevertheless, you have the power to be the positive force in so many lives," added the First Lady, who is the mother of 12-year-old Barron. "Show each other respect. Treat your community like your family and pay attention to each other."

SADD was founded in 1981 as a Students Against Drunk Driving, but changed its name and mission in the late 1990s to focus on the prevention of all attitudes and attitudes harmful to middle, high school and college students including drug abuse and traffic safety and bullying.

Trump said she was "inspired" when she heard about the organization and the conference for the first time. The audience burst into loud squeals and cheers when presented by Dylan Mullins of Marlboro, New Jersey, who is SADD's National Student of the Year.

Mullins said the First Lady's campaign aims to highlight programs and organizations like SADD that want to help young people tackle some of the issues they face every day.

Prior to addressing the meeting, which ends on Wednesday, Trump met with the organization's leadership and helped to make blankets that the group donates to shelters, said spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.

As the spectators waited for the gig, they rocked in their seats to music by Justin Bieber, Neil Diamond and Journey.

Trump made headlines recently when she visited children separated from their families at the border. When she got into the plane from Andrews Joint Base, she wore a jacket that "REALLY NOT CARE, DOES IT?" and then she wore it back home.

Her spokeswoman said there was "no hidden news" wearing the jacket, but President Trump later tweeted it was a message to the "Fake News" media.

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