SOME 200 teachers from the northern states were guests-of-honour of the New Straits Times Press (NSTP) Bhd at the Holiday Villa recently.
The educators were treated to great food, games and a lucky draw during a special Teachers' Appreciation Day held to thank them for their support of the various NSTP publications, which they used as teaching and learning tools in the classroom.
Letters of appreciation were also given to 28 schools.
A cooking demonstration by chef Florence Tan was the highlight of the event.
The host, NSTP circulation, education and business development manager Wan Fazida Wan Daud, said the day-long fiesta was also organised to show appreciation for the teachers' contributions to society, especially school-going children.
"We are here to say 'Thank You' for your support of NSTP's Didik, Minda, Skor and School Times.
Gracing the annual event was state Education Department senior assistant director Mubarak Ali Rakhir Mohamad.
Wan Fazida said the event was the third to be held for teachers in the northern states since 2010.
"We appreciate your support and confidence in introducing NSTP's publications as teaching and learning aids in the classroom.
"From all of us at NSTP, we say 'Thank You' for your commitment in ensuring that our children get the best learning experience," she said.
P. Kasturi, a teacher of SJK(T) Bukit Mertajam, Penang, gave the thumbs-up to NSTP's contributions to the teaching profession.
"Your company is a very responsible corporate citizen in many aspects. Your teaching and learning pullouts have proven effective in the classroom," she said.
Zaleha Ahmad, who teaches at SK Kulim, said her pupils and colleagues were excited to use Didik, Minda, Skor and School Times in and outside the classroom.
"They are very useful and effective as teaching and learning tools," she said.
Hafizul Abdullah, a teacher of SK Naka, said he had never missed the NSTP gatherings since 2010.
He described the annual event as an important platform for NSTP and its "partners" to meet and bounce ideas on ways to improve teaching and learning in schools.
Also present were NSTP circulation department business development head Salmah Hanim Hares, NSTP circulation manager (northern region) V. Sivaji and Kedah/Perlis area sales manager Ozali Osman.