First lady Melania Trump entered the White House family theater at 2:56 p.m. to host about 30 6th grade students from Digital Pioneers Academy who will be watching the movie “Wonder” as part of National Bullying Prevention Month.
“Wonder” is about a young boy with a facial deformity who is bullied at school. It was released in 2017. It stars Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay. The movie is a little under 2 hours, according to IMDb.
The movie was selected because of its messaging of choosing kindness, according to the first lady’s office. FLOTUS picked the movie herself but has not yet seen it.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was also at the screening. FLOTUS and Secretary DeVos will both be watching the entire movie with the students. The students were eating popcorn.
FLOTUS stood at the front of the room with DeVos, giving brief remarks ahead of the movie.
“I’m Melania Trump, the first lady. Welcome to the White House,” she said.
“I’m very excited today to have you here to screen an amazing movie.”
She thanked DeVos for being there. She then asked the students how they show their peers kindness.
Your pooler, who was at the back of the room, could not hear how the kids responded.
“As you may know, October is National Bullying Prevention Month and I encourage everybody to be kind to each other, to treat each other with respect in everyday life and social media. Can you do that? Yes? Very good,” FLOTUS said.
Both FLOTUS and DeVos will sit at the front of the theater to watch the movie.
Pool escorted from the theater at 2:58 p.m.