First Lady Melania Trump Plays Up ‘Be Best’ at Grand Teton National Park, Cancels Yellowstone Visit

THE GREAT OUTDOORS: First Lady Melania Trump spent Friday morning with a group of bilingual elementary school students at the Grand Teton National Park to play up the benefits of getting out into the open air.
Out West for a two-day stay to promote the wellness aspect of her “Be Best” initiative and the National Parks Service, FLOTUS and U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt watched the youngsters play “Fire Land” (a fire ecology and forest management game that riffs on the board game “Candy Land,” according to a pool report.) The second and fourth graders also made the most of a dress-up station, suiting up like park rangers and backcountry firefighters. They also explained the symbolism of the National Park Service’s logo to their two guests of honor from Washington D.C., the pool report noted.
Melania Trump’s NPS-supporting swing is meant to also raise awareness for the #EveryKidOutdoors program. Embracing the elements, FLOTUS floated down the Snake River with fourth graders Thursday afternoon. FLOTUS posted photos and video of her “great first day” on Twitter Friday morning. Dressed casually in a tan hooded down jacket, black turtleneck, pants and lace-up low-heeled boots, FLOTUS’ ensemble accented the Boy Scouts’ uniforms.
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Melania Trump Hits Snake River During ‘Be Best’ Trip to Promote National Parks Service

HEAD FOR THE HILLS: While the impeachment inquiry into President Trump heats up inside the Beltway, First Lady Melania Trump winged it out West to visit two National Parks and to promote her “Be Best” initiative.
After landing at the Jackson Hole Airport, FLOTUS arrived in the town square to find several hundred people lined along the sidewalks, including some singing “The Star Spangled Banner,” according to a pool report. Shortly before noon, the First Lady greeted local Boy Scouts, spending 30 seconds to a minute with each. Her latest goodwill mission is meant to draw attention to the wellness pillar of her child-friendly “Be Best” program. Last week she took that message to a more adult audience by ringing the starting bell at the New York Stock Exchange with the help of fourth graders from the United Nations International School.
The First Lady’s 48-hour tour of Teton Country will include stops at two of the 380-plus units in the National Parks Service — Grand Teton and Yellowstone. While the Sept. 23 appearance on Wall Street called for business attire — a black cap-sleeved Prada dress — her journey into the great outdoors started with more relaxed looks. Trump touched down in

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First Lady Melania Trump Addresses ‘Be Best’ Awareness Campaign to Help Children

MELANIA’S MONDAY BEST: First Lady Melania Trump rolled out her new “Be Best” awareness campaign Monday afternoon, which is dedicated to “the most valuable and fragile among us — our children.”
With “too many issues facing children today,” the initiative’s three pillars are well-being, social media use and opiod abuse. “Together I believe we need to provide children with the tools to cultivate their social and emotional health. We can and should teach children the importance of social and self-awareness, positive relationship skills and positive decision-making,” Trump said, adding that “these skills will foster positive feelings about mutual respect, compassion and self-esteem.”
She singled out the Pennsylvania student Christian Bucks, who in second grade created the “Buddy Bench” to help classmates become friends during recess. Now one can be found in 50 states, she said. FLOTUS also spoke of the importance of responsible social media behavior, and her visit in the fall to Lily’s Place, a West Virginia nonprofit that helps families dealing with addiction.
Wearing a white pencil skirt, white stilettos and a fitted, belted caramel-colored jacket, she welcomed the Rose Garden crowd and said, “As a mother and First Lady, it concerns me that in today’s fast-paced and ever-connected word, children

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Missing 5-Year-Old’s Mom Pleas for Public’s Help as She Addresses Her Son: ‘Be Brave, Honey’

The mother of a California 5-year-old who’s been missing for nearly a month delivered an impassioned plea this week for the public’s help in locating her son, who she believes is still alive.

Ana Estevez addressed reporters on Wednesday, telling them the disappearance Aramazd Andressian Jr. has rattled her to her core.

“There are no words to describe how devastated and heartbroken I am,” Estevez said through tears, before speaking directly to Aramazd. “To my son, this message is for you my love: Be brave, honey. Don’t ever forget that mama loves you to the moon and the stars. I am counting the days until I see you honey, and I will never stop looking for you.”

Estevez said she’s sure her son is still alive.

“To those who are concealing my son, I pray every day that God will touch your heart and guide you to do the right thing and return my son,” she said.

Authorities say Aramazd was last seen on April 20, when he and his father visited Disneyland in Anaheim, California. They left the theme park around midnight.

Within a week of the boy’s disappearance, police arrested his dad, 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr., on suspicion of one count of child endangerment and one count of child abduction. But they released him days later, citing “insufficient evidence.”

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Aramazd was supposed to be dropped off by his father in San Marino, California, on April 22, but the elder Andressian failed to show. Instead, police found him passed out near his car in a nearby park.

Official confirm that he and Estevez are embroiled in a bitter divorce, but they shared custody of their son.

Aramazd is approximately 3-feet-5-inches tall and weighs 55 lbs, according to police. He was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt and plaid shorts or a gray-and-white-striped shirt with gray sweatpants. He has a mole on the bottom of his right shoulder.

Police: Missing Boy’s Father Gave ‘Misleading’ Statements

This week, authorities released new details about Aramazd’s dad, telling reporters on Wednesday that Andressian had allegedly admitted to taking over-the-counter drugs that had not been prescribed to him.

Additionally, detectives alleged that the inside of his car was doused with gasoline and there were matches in his vehicle.

Police are not saying whether they believe Andressian may have been acting suicidal on April 21 — the day before his son was to be dropped off — but they said there is no evidence to suggest he was about to set the vehicle on fire.

According to investigators, Andressian’s statements to them had been “inconsistent” and “misleading,” and police suspect he may know more about his son’s whereabouts than he’s willing to share.

Andressian’s attorney did not immediately return a message Thursday about this new information. But Andressian previously explained himself in a statement provided to PEOPLE last month.

“The last time I saw my son was on , at Arroyo Park near my home in South Pasadena,” he said. “After breakfast, Aramazd Jr. wanted to go to the park before we were to meet his mother for a custody exchange at 9:00 a.m.”

“In one moment, I was at the park with my son, and then I found myself waking up in Huntington Memorial Hospital hours later,” he continued. “I was told that a good Samaritan found me unconscious on the ground near my car, with young Aramazd nowhere in sight. I can only speculate that I must have been attacked in the park, given my unresponsive state and subsequent physical condition.”

Andressian’s statement concluded: “My family and I are heartbroken and grief-stricken that Aramazd Jr. is missing and may be in harm’s way. I am pleading with the public to come forward with any knowledge of Aramazd Jr.’s whereabouts or information regarding the circumstances leading up to his disappearance.”

Anyone with tips on the ongoing case can call the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500 or police in South Pasadena, California, at 626-403-7297.

A $ 20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the boy’s safe return.

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