Starchild: Malaysian children consider milk to be nutritious and healthy

Maya Zahara Idris, 12

Milk is an nutritious drink that helps our bodies in many ways. Every year, on June 1, we celebrate Milk Day to remember how important milk is for everyone.

First, milk makes our bones and teeth strong. It has calcium, which is like a building block for our bones. When we drink milk, we give our bones the strength they need to enable us to run, jump, and play. It also keeps our teeth strong so we can enjoy yummy food.

Milk is also great for our muscles. It has protein, which is like food for our muscles. Drinking milk helps our muscles grow and stay healthy, making us stronger and full of energy. So, if you like to play sports or just be active, milk is a good choice for you.

S. Adithya, 11S. Adithya, 11Another benefit of milk is that it helps us stay healthy and fight off sickness. Milk has vitamins like A and D. Vitamin A helps us see better and keeps our skin healthy, while Vitamin D helps our bodies use calcium better. These vitamins work together to keep our bodies in top shape.

Milk is also very tasty and can be enjoyed in many ways. You can drink it plain, pour it over cereal, or mix it into smoothies. Some people even like chocolate or strawberry milk for a special treat!

So, next time you have a glass of milk, remember that you are drinking something that helps your body in so many wonderful ways. On Milk Day, let’s all raise our glasses and thank our farmers and their cows for this delicious and healthy drink. Cheers to milk, the super drink!

Recently Starchild asked readers to send in letters on the topic, Milk Day. Here’s what they had to say.

Hannah Chan Yue Bei, 8Hannah Chan Yue Bei, 8

“I like milk with cereal because milk is yummy and healthy. I drink milk every night. Ice cream is also made from milk. Milk comes from Mummy cows,” writes Hannah Chan Yue Bei, eight.

Lim Sheng Hao, 11Lim Sheng Hao, 11“Milk Day is celebrated on June 1, to recognise the importance of milk.

I drink milk every day but I have never heard of Milk Day till today. It was established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Some people will make a milk mustache. I only know this about Milk Day as it is not a common topic,” says Lim Sheng Hao, 11.

“I enjoy drinking milk because it makes my bones strong. My mom says milk has lots of calcium, which is important for growing kids like me. I want to be tall and healthy, so I drink a glass of milk every morning with my breakfast. Plus, it tastes really good with my cereal,” says Erica Sophia, 12.

Erica Sophia, 12Erica Sophia, 12

“I like milk because it gives me energy for playing sports. My coach told us that milk has protein, which helps our muscles. After soccer practice, I always have a glass of milk to help my muscles recover. It’s like a superhero drink that helps me stay active and strong,” writes S. Adithya, 10.

Maya Zahara Idris, 12, thinks milk is yummy and comes in different flavours. “I love making smoothies with milk and fruit for a tasty snack. Also, my teacher said that milk has vitamins like A and D, which are good for our eyes and skin. Drinking milk makes me feel healthy and happy.”

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ITEM: If you were to create a cartoon character, what would it be – a robot, a girl, a boy, an animal?

Draw a figure of the cartoon and give it a name.Write a short story about the character – where does it live and what does it do?

E-mail your contributions to by June 15. Please put “STARCHILD: My Cartoon Character” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Scanned drawings should be in jpeg format, with a resolution of 200dpi. Your contributions must carry your full name, age (open to children aged 12 and below only), gender, phone contact, and address. Instead of handwritten letters, please type out your letters.

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