IT was a special delivery for Chong Hwa Independent High School students in Jalan Ipoh. Instead of The Stars circulation staff passing stacks of newspapers to the teacher in charge, Pizza Hut personnel delivered the papers on their bikes.
Pizza Hut executive Chong Shin Roe and three staff from its restaurant in Mutiara Complex distributed copies of NiE pullout Monsters on the loose to schools students on Jan 19.
Students who were given copies of the pullout immediately checked it out and started discussing the content among themselves.
The NiE (Newspaper-in-Education) pullout is distributed with The Star every Wednesday to schools which subscribe to the paper. Star-NiE and Stuff@school, both eight-page pullouts each, come free with The Star at a special price of 60 sen per copy. Pizza Hut is The Star's NiE partner, pledging more than RM3mil in prizes and sponsorship.
On the NiE pullout, student Tan Eng Soon said: The layout of the supplement is attractive and it provides teachers with ready materials to use in the classroom.
He added that the articles and graphics on tsunami in Stuff@school also gave them more to ponder on during English lessons.
His friend, Goh Kim Shawn, said that the supplement was educational and very interesting to look at. He liked the illustrations and the colourful layout as it gave the supplement a breezy look. He added that the English lessons were fun because the activities and the stories in Stuff@school gave teachers an alternative source of teaching material.
Student Joyce Ng Yoon Yi said that the supplement provides something different from the other newspapers. She enjoyed looking at the colourful illustrations and found the cartoons especially attractive. Apart from doing the activities in the classroom, she sometimes spends time working on them on her own.
I shared my supplement with friends and we did the activities together, said Teoh Chai Zhen. She added that they did the activities in the classroom with their teacher. The students are not allowed to take the newspapers home because they are used in school.
According to the head of the English department, K.L. Lim, the school orders The Star weekly. However, she said the number of copies ordered fluctuated between 100 and 840, depending on the topics published.
Lim was also impressed with the supplements, saying, The supplements are getting better. The contents have improved with some of the activities more challenging.
She added that she particularly liked the Stuff@school pullout that was exclusively available with the supplement at it was very current. The stories regarding the tsunami got her teachers cracking their brains on how to use them in their English lessons successfully. She said that the stories were even useful in teaching English for science and technology.