Melania attends ‘Happiness Class’ in Delhi school

Joins children in meditating, storytelling & clay modelling | Says curriculum inspiring

Melania attends ‘Happiness Class’ in Delhi school

US First Lady Melania Trump plays with children at Sarvodaya School in Moti Bagh, New Delhi. REUTERS

New Delhi, February 25

US First Lady Melania Trump virtually turned into a student herself on Tuesday in the “Happiness Class” at a Delhi government school here, joining the children in meditating, storytelling and other relaxing activities, and noted that the unique curriculum has set a “healthy and positive” example for educators.

Excited students dressed in traditional attire welcomed Melania as she arrived at the Sarvodaya Co-Educational Senior Secondary School at Moti Bagh in south Delhi.

The school was decked up with floral garlands and motifs to welcome the US First Lady, while student bagpipers added to the festive mood.

A smiling Melania joined the students in three classrooms, where she was briefed by the teachers, and interacted with the children, before enjoying boisterous dance performances by the youngsters.

After lighting the ceremonial lamp, the First Lady took a tour of the school, heading to a reading room for Class IV students where she attended a storytelling session.

The First Lady, who donned a white embroidered shirt-dress paired with a red belt, visited an activity classroom for kindergarten students where she sat among the children who were engaged in drawing, clay modelling and playing with building blocks.

“How big is America”, “Is it very far”, “What do you do as the First Lady”, “What is your favourite cartoon” were among the few questions asked by the curious kindergarten students.

Melania then headed to the playground to observe a yoga session where students were performing “surya namaskar” (Sun salutation).

The First Lady also meditated with Class IV students in their “happiness class”.

“I am feeling very relaxed,” she said after the brief meditation as part of “mindfulness” activity of the “Happiness Class”.

“It is my first visit to India and I am grateful to have received such a warm welcome today,” she added.

The First Lady also talked about her “Be Best” initiative among children. “In the US, I work with children like you to promote similar ideas of well-being through my ‘Be Best’ initiative. Three pillars of ‘Be Best’ include dangers of drug abuse, importance of online safety and overall well-being of children,” she said. — PTI


Which is your favourite cartoon: kids ask first lady

New Delhi: How big is America? Is it very far? Which is your favourite cartoon? These were some of the questions posed by kindergarten students to US First Lady Melania Trump. An excited girl asked, “How big is America?” “Is US very far,” asked another girl. Smiling at the questions, Melania answered their queries. Melania giggled at a little boy’s question about which was her favourite cartoon character. “Tom and Jerry is my favourite,” she replied. PTI

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