Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona, in partnership with Subway Restaurants of Arizona, Dasani Water, Shamrock Farms and The Be Kind People Project, rode into Desert View Elementary in Phoenix this September 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, one third grader and one fourth grader were chosen to be surprised with bikes, helmets and locks, as well as Subway lunches for their entire classes.
“This student is supportive to those around him and goes out of his way to encourage other student,” said Maria Farmer, principal at Desert View Elementary. “He is positive and always comes to school with a smile and an eager attitude, ready to learn.”
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 has taken one of our news students under his wing and has been so kind to him,” said Farmer. “He goes out of his way to help this student with classwork and interacts with him on the playground. He is a wonderful example to his classmates.”
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.