Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona, in partnership with Subway Restaurants of Arizona, Dasani Water, Shamrock Farms and The Be Kind People Project, rode into Islands Elementary School in Gilbert 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, a fourth grader and a fifth grader were chosen to be surprised with bikes, helmets and locks, as well as Subway lunches for their entire classes.
“My student notices if one of his tablemates needs extra attention and he takes it upon himself to help them,” said Ms. Cooley, fourth grade teacher. “He is always looking for ways to help and encourage others. He has the best attitude, even on bad days!”
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.
“All of my students recognize this individual’s kindness, encouraging words and consideration,” said Ms. Casaldi, fifth grade teacher. “While he is not the most outgoing student in class, you can see the Be Kind principles in each interaction he has with others.”
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.