Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona, in partnership with Subway Restaurants of Arizona, Dasani Water, Shamrock Farms and The Be Kind People Project, rode into Lakeview Elementary School in Phoenix this March 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 third graders were chosen to be surprised with bikes, helmets and locks, as well as Subway lunches for their entire classes.
“This student is an outstanding kid and you’d be hard-pressed to find a kinder person,” said Tim Woodward, principal at Lakeview Elementary School. “Although quiet and unassuming, she is an incredibly hard worker, has an infectious smile and is always willing to take fellow students who may be struggling under her wing.”
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 on tasks, pays attention and is constantly trying to learn as much as she possibly can,” said Woodward. “She has a positive mindset and always perseveres, which don’t go unnoticed by the rest of her classmates. She truly leads by example!”
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 nearly 50,000 Arizona children since its inception in 1999.