Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona, in partnership with Subway Restaurants of Arizona, Dasani Water, Shamrock Farms and The Be Kind People Project, rode into David Crockett School in Phoenix this January to recognize two special students 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, fourth grader Michelle and fifth grader Azaily were chosen to be surprised with bikes, helmets and locks, as well as Subway lunches for their entire classes.
“Michelle is acutely in-tune with other people’s feelings. What makes her so special is that she puts her sensitive nature into action in order to help other students in need,” said Elvia Roche, Michelle’s teacher. “Michelle makes teaching a joy and inspires me to strive to be the best teacher possible.”
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.
“Azaily is the child that arrives to school with a bright, kind smile and ready to learn anything. She shows motivation and enthusiasm every day,” said Mrs. Wong, Azaily’s teacher. “She is a hard worker and a role model in the classroom. She has compassion for her classmates and makes sure that no one ever feels left out.”
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.