Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona, in partnership with Subway Restaurants of Arizona, Dasani Water, Shamrock Farms and The Be Kind People Project, recognized two special students at Desert Cove Elementary in Phoenix this November as part of its Cycle for Success program. Through a teacher-led nomination process, wherein educators are asked to submit nominations highlighting students’ good works both inside and outside of the classroom, one second grader and one fifth grader were chosen to be surprised with bikes, helmets and locks, as well as Subway lunches for their entire classes.
“This student always has an infectious smile on her face,” says principal Stacey Orest. “She’s known as a helper and is the first to ask her teachers if she can help clean up and first to help students if they need help during class.”
The Cycle for Success program has been operating for more than a decade and focuses on increasing children’s self-esteem, encouraging the community to become involved in the lives of at-risk children and promoting random acts of kindness in local schools. Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona and The Be Kind People Project advocate for the health and safety of children, recognize random acts of kindness that may otherwise go unnoticed, and encourage community involvement in the lives of at-risk youth.
“This is a student who is always willing to put others first,” says Orest. “He never hesitates to open doors and offers his help cleaning up after class projects. It is a delight to have this student on campus.”
Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona’s mission is to provide sports equipment, uniforms, registration fees and access to major sporting events for kids who might not otherwise be able to participate. Subway Restaurants of Arizona supports kids in sports because it believes basic sports skills—teamwork, commitment and accountability—help kids throughout their lives. Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona has reached more than 25,000 Arizona children since its inception in 1999.