Have hope over fear, first lady says at school counselors' event
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Michelle Obama had her last event as first lady. She said that being first lady "has been the greatest honor of my life." Her time in the White House will end soon.
She showed her feelings. Her voice broke and her eyes filled with tears as she said goodbye. She spoke at a meeting honoring school counselors. The 2017 school counselor of the year also was honored. Counselors help students to decide things about school and jobs. They also help with problems.
Before the sad goodbye, she talked to young people. Obama said what she has said many times. She told kids to get the best education they can. She asked them to use what they learn in school to "lead by example with hope."
Obama told them not to be afraid.
First Lady Cheers People Of All Religions And Colors
The first lady praised the differences of people of all religions and colors in America. The differences do not hurt us but make us who we are, she said. She seemed to be replying to Donald Trump. He soon will become president. He has said bad things about Mexicans, Muslims and others.
Obama had more to say to young people. She told them not to let anyone make them feel like they do not matter. "You have a right to be exactly who you are," she said.
She asked them to get ready to share their voices. Stand up for what Americans believe, she told them.
School Counselors Help Students Make Important Decisions
Obama offered help for when they feel like giving up. She asked them to remember the power of hope. She said she and President Barack Obama have talked about that.
Hope has been important for them, she said. It has helped them rise above problems and people who wanted to fight, she said.
Mrs. Obama ended by thanking the school counselors for their hard work. One was the 2017 counselor of the year, Terri Tchorzynski. She is from a school in Michigan. Obama has said counselors help students to decide important things.
Mrs. Obama and her husband will leave the White House on January 20. She said she hopes she has made people proud.