Friday, April, 7, 2023- With the aim of spreading joy to less fortunate students, the Language Academy, FSSH, UTM organized a CSR program entitled ‘Toys for Friends’. This program connects fortunate students from Idrissi International School, EduCity with less fortunate students from SK Sg Boh through giving toys and writing letters. The first part of this program took place last Friday which successfully involved 25 Year 1 and 2 students of Idrissi International School. This 8.30am-to-12.30pm program involved 30 committee members and facilitators who are also the Language Academy staff.

LA Staff, SK Sg Boh representatives, JPNJ representatives

Two officials from the Johor State Education Department (JPNJ), Ms. Suhaila Ramli and Mr. Azhar Mohd Salleh@Khalid, the assistant directors of the Student Talent Development Unit were in the attendance to support the program. In addition, Mr. Khairulakmar Abdullah, the headmaster of SK Sg. Boh along with two teachers, Mohammad Afif Fahim Admin and Siti Nur Hidayah Azman, were also present to observe the program and personally meet the Idrissi International school personnel, Mr. Mustafa Shemmari, the Head of Academics, and Ms. Nur Najiha Mohd Razali, the Students Affairs Officer.

Ms.Azura having a chat with the Head of Academic, Mr. Mustafa Shemmari & Student Affairs Officer, Ms Najiha
Second from left is Mr. Afif and Ms. Hidayah from SK Sg.Boh
From left: Mr. Khairulakmar Abdullah, Ms. Suhaila Ramli, Ms. Azura Sirri, Ms. Nur Hazwani Mohd Muhridza, and Mr. Mohd Azhar Mohd Salleh

The program started with an ice breaking activity. Students were tasked to find facilitators based on a picture of a fruit or vegetable. After that, the students had to write a letter telling about themselves and also the toys that will be given to their pen pals at SK.Sg Boh. Students had to also decorate the envelope using colour pencils and colourful stickers according to their creativity. They were then required to verbally express what they expected when their pen pals receive the toys before sealing the envelope. After the letter writing activity, students were gathered to participate in the ‘Gratitude Circle’ activity where they were asked to share what they have learned and what they are grateful for in life. The program then continued with a closing ceremony where the participating students were given certificates and the Idrissi International school was presented with a token of appreciation from FSSH, UTM. The program ended with a group photo session for keepsake.

Ms. ‘Atiqah leading the ice-breaking session
Writing a heartfelt letter to their friend
Gratitude Circle Session
Token of appreciation from LA, FSSH

‘Toys for Friends’ program is indeed a fun and meaningful experience for both students and facilitators. The second part of this program will be held this Thursday, 13 April 2023, at SK.Sg Boh, where toys, letters, gift hampers and ‘duit raya’ will be given to selected students.