Students from Franklin and Whitman Middle Schools Attend Launch of the First Lady’s Be Best Campaign

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May 14, 2018

By the FCPS Instructional Technology Integration Office

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Whitman Middle students and their chaperone show their event passes at the White House. 

In March, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) hosted one of five grant-funded Safer Internet Day events for families at Jackson Middle. Following that event, FCPS was invited to send several middle school students to a listening session with First Lady Melania Trump at the White House. Two seventh grade students from Whitman Middle, Walid and Sophia, along with two seventh graders from Franklin Middle, Emileigh and Arya, attended the event.

During the listening session, the First Lady talked with 13 students from across the Washington, D.C., area to better understand how they feel about school, the role that technology plays in their lives, and the issues they are concerned about. After that event, they were invited to come back to the White House on May 7 for the launch ceremony to witness the signing of the proclamation for the First Lady’s Be Best Campaign, focusing on well-being, social media, and opioid abuse. 

During the ceremony, students from across the country shared their personal experiences with cyberbullying and its impact. They also shared the ways they are working to improve culture and inclusion in their school and community.