WATCH: First lady Melania Trump happily mobbed by students during anti-bullying school visit

First lady Melania Trump gave a group of students a special treat on Monday during her surprise visit to a Michigan middle school. 

She was one of two notable D.C.-based guests at the Orchard Lake Middle School in the Detroit suburbs on Monday, accompanied by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The kids lined up to take pictures and selfies with the first lady, who joined the event to share her anti-bullying message. 

She gave the students tips for connecting with and not ostracizing each other. The first lady encouraged the students to "eat lunch with a new friend" and make sure "everybody feels included."

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After speaking to the group, the first lady went table to table and met the students individually, where she was happily mobbed by students eager to take pictures with the former model and current White House resident. 

The appearance and remarks helped kick off what the White House is calling a "Week of Inclusion," as part of National Bullying Prevention Month

"It is our responsibility to take the lead in teaching children the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of kindness, mindfulness, integrity, and leadership," the first lady said in a statement.

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WASHINGTON, DC - In the White House Kitchen Garden, First Lady Melania Trump plants and harvests vegetables with children from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington on the White House grounds in Washington DC Friday September 22, 2017. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - In the White House Kitchen Garden, First Lady Melania Trump plants and harvests vegetables with children from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington on the White House grounds in Washington DC Friday September 22, 2017. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 13: United States First Lady Melania Trump speaks with children as she visits Necker Hospital for children on July 13, 2017 in Paris, France. The United States of America President Donald Trump and his wife are on a 2 days visit to Paris. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (R), Barron Trump (C), and US first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on June 30, 2017. Trump is heading to Bedminster, New Jersey to spend the weekend at his golf club. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JUNE 11: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump arrive at the White House June 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. According to reports, Melania and Barron will soon be moving from Trump Tower in New York City to the White House. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
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U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Queen Fabiola Children's University hospital in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
US First Lady Melania Trump (C) meets patients as she visits the Queen Fabiola children's hospital, on the sidelines of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit, on May 25, 2017, in Brussels. US President Donald Trump meets NATO and EU leaders for the first time with the US president set to press nervous allies to do more on terrorism after the Manchester bombing. / AFP PHOTO / Aurore Belot (Photo credit should read AURORE BELOT/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - US First Lady Melania Trump (R) poses for a selfie as she visits the Queen Fabiola children's hospital, on the sidelines of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit, on May 25, 2017, in Brussels. US President Donald Trump meets NATO and EU leaders for the first time with the US president set to press nervous allies to do more on terrorism after the Manchester bombing. / AFP PHOTO / Aurore Belot (Photo credit should read AURORE BELOT/AFP/Getty Images)
First Lady Melania Trump visits the American International School in the Saudi capital Riyadh on May 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
First Lady Melania Trump visits the American International School in the Saudi capital Riyadh on May 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump takes part in an activity with children during the opening ceremony for the Healing Garden at the Children's National Medical Center on April 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump takes part in an activity with children during the opening ceremony for the Healing Garden at the Children's National Medical Center on April 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Barron Trump waves while standing with US First Lady Melania Trump and US President Donald Trump during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - JANUARY 20: Melania Trump, wife of President-elect Donald Trump, smooths the tie of her son, Barron, during the 58th U.S. Presidential Inauguration where her husband will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America and she will become the First Lady in Washington, USA on January 20, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump reads a book to children during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, April 17, 2017. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania presided over their first Easter Egg Roll, a 139-year-old White House tradition. Photographer: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg
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U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits Beijing Zoo in Beijing, China, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
US First Lady Melania Trump (R) and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan (L)are surrounded by students after a cultural performance during a visit to Banchang Primary School in Beijing on November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Greg Baker/Pool
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan visit a fashion class during their visit to the Banchang Primary School in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump (C) and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan (L) are escorted by a student after a cultural performance during a visit to Banchang Primary School in Beijing on November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Greg Baker/Pool
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump (C) and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan (R) listen as a student speaks in an architecture class during a visit to Banchang Primary School in Beijing on November 9, 2017. REUTERS/ Greg Baker/Pool
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"By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit," she added in her statement. "We need to remember that they are always watching and listening. It is our responsibility to take the lead in teaching children the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of kindness, mindfulness, integrity, and leadership."

She received some backlash over her commitment to the anti-bullying cause, which she has championed for months, from those who suggested her husband's comments exhibit the tendencies of bullies.

Michigan -- a state which has often voted for Democrats candidates in recent presidential elections -- supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election, in what was considered a big upset for Hillary Clinton. 

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