Melania Trump looks radiant in figure-hugging red as she welcomes a group of middle school students to the White House for discussion about their daily ‘struggles and challenges’ [photos]

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First lady Melania Trump speaks during a discussion with students regarding the issues they are facing in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Melania Trump looked bright and cheery in a red sweater and a figure-hugging skirt as she welcomed a group of middle school students to the White House.

The 47-year-old first lady was joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at the event, which was held in the Blue Room on Monday afternoon.

‘I’m very excited that you’re here today with me, and thank you in advance for sharing your stories and your thoughts about your struggles and challenges,’ she told the group when she arrived.

Bright light: Melania Trump welcomed a group of middle school students to the White House on Monday afternoon 

Warm welcome: The 47-year-old first lady was joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at the event

All smiles: 'I'm very excited that you're here today with me, and thank you in advance for sharing your stories and your thoughts about your struggles and challenges,' she told the kids

‘I want to help children everywhere to be their best, so with your help, we can achieve positive results.’

For the occasion, the former model wore her long-sleeve sweater trucked into a dark denim skirt that had red stitching and a zipper up the front.

She paired the look with bright stilettos that matched her top, opting to leave her highlighted brown hair loose around her shoulders.

Of the 13 students who attended the event, 10 attend public school, two are home-schooled, and one goes to a private charter school.

The White House said children were ages 10 to 13, around the same age as the Trumps’ son, Barron, who is 12.

Tight knit: The first lady gave DeVos a warm smile after she introduced her 

Tight knit: The first lady gave DeVos a warm smile after she introduced her 

Different backgrounds: Of the 13 students who attended the event in the Blue Room, 10 attend public school, two are home-schooled, and one goes to a private charter school

Different backgrounds: Of the 13 students who attended the event in the Blue Room, 10 attend public school, two are home-schooled, and one goes to a private charter school

Getting comfortable: Upon her arrival, Melania sat down in the front of the room and had the children introduce themselves 

Getting comfortable: Upon her arrival, Melania sat down in the front of the room and had the children introduce themselves 

While they were waiting for the first lady’s arrival, DeVos made her way around the room and asked each of the students if they kept journals, advising them to write down their recollections of they day, so they will always remember their time at the White House.

When Melania arrived,  DeVos briefly introduced her saying, ‘I know her heart is with all of you, and she wants to hear from you today.’

The first lady wished the students good afternoon and welcomed them to the White House before taking a seat in an upholstered chair at the front of the room.

She then went around the room and asked each of the children to say their names, as well as a hobby or a story they would like to share with her.

The kids named everything from math to cooking during the ice breaker.

Eye-catching: The former model donned a bright red sweater tucked into a calf-length skirt 

Casual Monday: Melania tucked the sweater into a calf-length denim skirt featuring red stitching and a zipper up the front

 Taking turns: The first lady explained that she wanted the students to write how they were feeling on the board in front of them

Right at home: The children were ages 10 to 13, around the same age as the Trumps' son, Barron, who is 12.

Melania began the session by writing on the board her own feelings: ‘Excited.’

‘So maybe I could be the first one and tell you what I feel today,’ she said. ‘I feel today very excited and thankful because you’re here and we’re opening up the conversation.’

When she invited the students to share their own feelings, they raised their hands and took turns getting up and writing an emotion down on the board.

Some of the children wrote that they felt ‘respected,’ ‘grateful,’ and ‘nervous.’

The last child to make his way to the smart board wrote that he was he feeling ‘energized.’

Big reveal; Melania kicked off the exercise by sharing her feelings, writing: 'Excited' 

Total honesty: One student wrote that he was feeling 'nervous' 

Pumped up; The final child to write on the board revealed he was feeling 'energized' 

Pumped up; The final child to write on the board revealed he was feeling ‘energized’ 

He was so energized, however, that he accidentally knocked over the glass of water next to Melania’s chair. The glass fell to the ground with the contents spillover on the blue carpet.

He let out a gasp, but Melania was quick to reassure him. She put a hand on his shoulder and told him: ‘No problem. Don’t worry. It’s just water, okay?’

No worries: Melania comforted the boy after he accidentally knocked over a glass of water while making his way back to his seat 

No worries: Melania comforted the boy after he accidentally knocked over a glass of water while making his way back to his seat 

Adjectives: Melania stood in front of the board, which also featured the words 'responsible' and 'happy' 

Adjectives: Melania stood in front of the board, which also featured the words ‘responsible’ and ‘happy’ 

This article was published on dailymail.co.uk

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