(PHOENIX - March 6, 2018) - Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona, in partnership with Subway Restaurants of Arizona, Dasani Water, Shamrock Farms and The Be Kind People Project, rode into Sahuaro Elementary in Phoenix this February 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, two second graders were chosen to be surprised with bikes, helmets and locks, as well as Subway lunches for their entire classes.
“This student is one of the most kind and supportive students we’ve ever had come through Sahuaro Elementary,” said Deborah Menendez, principal at Sahuaro Elementary. “She always comes in with a smile and is always asking her teacher if she needs any help in the classroom. Her helpful nature is contagious.”
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 student is always quick with a ‘thank you,’ ‘you’re welcome’ and ‘please,’ said Menendez. “He is the first to start showing new students around the classroom and is always cleaning up after himself and others. This student’s acts of kindness truly come from within; it is part of his makeup.”
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.