A FEAST is in store for 13 lucky grand prize winners of the Best School Newspaper Awards 2003 – as they will get to celebrate their victory with a treat at a McDonald's outlet near their school or have the food brought to their school. The value for each class party is RM500.
This means that these 13 winners – three from primary schools and five each from lower and upper secondary categories – will enjoy a class party twice. As winners in their respective schools or categories, they will win a RM500 class party at the school level and a McDonald’s party at the national level.
At an event to seal the deal on Tuesday, Golden Arches Restaurants Sdn Bhd corporate communications senior manager Robitahani Zainal presented a mock cheque to Star Publications (M) Berhad advertising manager Roger Lee and Maxis Communications Berhad product marketing (prepaid) manager Ratnakumar Selvaratnam at the McDonald's restaurant in Damansara Uptown. Star-NiE and Hotlink from Maxis are the joint organisers and sponsors of the contest.
“To win this award, students need to show good teamwork, and this reflects our way of working in McDonalds – teamwork,” said Robitahani, adding that students could choose to have their class party in any of the 154 restaurant outlets throughout Malaysia.
“We will also give them the option of having us throw them a party at their school, although it would be nice to enjoy the ambience at our outlets. We won't be giving them food alone, but the entire experience of music and entertainment with the help of our characters Hamburger, Grimace, and Birdie.”
Robitahani said McDonalds was also supportive of positive programmes for children in terms of education, health and social services. “We have scholarship programmes through the Ronald McDonald's Children Charities foundation and a Youth Achievement Award which started 20 years ago,” she added.
Selvaratnam said the grand prize of McDonald's food vouchers are in line with the contest’s objective.
“We want students to have a good time as a reward for all the hard work put into producing the best school newspaper; the response and enthusiasm shown by these students have been great,” he said.
Ahmad Fairuz and his nine schoolmates from SMK Damansara Jaya, who were invited to the cheque presentation ceremony, were treated to a meal at the restaurant. They are all set for the Best School Newspaper Awards 2003 contest.
“We have everything in place, from the name of our newspaper to the drafts of our articles,” said Low Lixian, 14.
The progress of their newspaper has been “smooth sailing so far,” said team member and sub-editor Lim Su Ann, 14.
“The experience of putting together a newspaper is great; I've learnt to be precise, punctual, and organised.”
So for others who want some “good times, great taste”, they should get cracking on their school newspaper too.
Schools that have difficulty obtaining the entry form which appeared in our June 25 Star-NiE supplement can either download it at thestar.com.my/education/nie or call our Customer Care Unit at 03-7967 1777 for a copy to be faxed over.
The closing date for schools to register for the contest is tomorrow while the deadline for submitting the four-page school newspaper is Aug 30. The list of schools which registered for the contest will be published in Star Education on July 27.
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