SOME 120 pupils from two Tamil vernacular schools and a pre-school were all smiles when they received a bag filled with stationery and storybooks.
The programme co-organised by Malaysia Hindu Sangam Penang and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) also saw the pupils listening to a talk on Hindu culture.
Friends A. Loheed Raj and S. Naveen, both 11, were seen showing each other the new gifts they received.
“Programmes like this encourage us to give importance to our studies. More such programmes should be organised,” Loheed said after receiving his bag of gifts from Penang MACC director Datuk M. Samarajoo at Sri Veera Kaliamman Devasthanam Temple in Gelugor, recently.
G. Yasothai, 12, was also happy to receive the new stationery and books.
“I must now study hard for my UPSR in September.
“I do my revision every day,” she said.
Penang Hindu Youth Organisa-tion chairman A. Tharman said the two participating schools were SJK (T) Sungai Ara and SJK (T) Subramaniya Barathee along with its preschool.
He said the event was organised to encourage and educate Tamil pupils in preserving their culture.