(PHOENIX – Dec. 18, 2015) – Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona, in partnership with Subway Restaurants of Arizona, Dasani Water, Shamrock Farms and The Be Kind People Project, rode into Griffith Elementary School in Phoenix this December to recognize two special students as part 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, 2nd grader Serena and 4th grader Jose were chosen to be surprised with bikes, helmets and locks, as well as Subway lunches for their entire classes.
“Serena actively seeks out opportunities to serve others. She is a quiet leader, who lets her actions do the talking. She leads by example in all that she does,” said Chelsea Cloonan, Serena’s teacher. “Serena is a friend to all and invites peers she notices playing alone to join her on the playground. She’s an inspiration to her classmates and our faculty. We all need a reminder to be a little more kind every day and Serena is the epitome of a kind person.”
The Cycle for Success program has been operating for more than 10 years 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.
“Jose embodies what the Be Kind People Project tenets are all about. There are so many examples of Jose exemplifying these tenets each and every day,” said Vy Webster, Jose’s teacher. “When Jose noticed that some of his classmates needed some encouragement with homework, he created a homework chart to motivate everyone to try his or her best. When I was having a bad day, Jose wrote me a note to cheer me up. Anyone in my class would agree that Jose is our friend.”
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.