Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona, in partnership with Subway Restaurants of Arizona, Dasani Water, Shamrock Farms and The Be Kind People Project, recognized two special students at Yavapai Elementary in Scottsdale this October 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 fourth grader and one fifth grader were chosen to be surprised with bikes, helmets and locks, as well as Subway lunches for their entire classes.
“This student goes above and beyond both in the classroom and on the playground,” says principal Chuck Rantala. “He’s been very inclusive to students and demonstrates his kindness by inviting them to play or eat with him and his friends and by offering his help to his classmates who need extra help learning new concepts.”
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 is a student who is always willing to make a difference,” says Rantala. “She sets the bar for what it means to be respectful and plays a big role in campus beautification by picking up trash and depositing it in waste baskets.”
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.