Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona, in partnership with Subway Restaurants of Arizona, Dasani Water, Shamrock Farms and The Be Kind People Project, rode into Brunson-Lee Elementary School located at 1350 N. 48th St. in Phoenix recently to surprise two special students as part its Cycle for Success program. Through a teacher-led nomination process highlighting their work both inside and outside of the classroom, kindergartener Yamilet Baez and sixth-grader Leslie Nolascowere chosen to be surprised with bikes, helmets and locks, as well as Subway lunches for their entire classes.
Cycle for Success focuses on increasing children’s self-esteem, encouraging the community to become involved in the lives of at-risk children and promoting volunteerism 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.
“I am constantly impressed that Leslie takes the initiative to complete all her homework each night in addition to her family responsibilities,” said Heather Wilkinson, Nolasco’s teacher and nominator.
Megan Gulick, Baez’s teacher and nominator, said, “She has really blossomed as an individual and as a student; she is always willing to jump in and help 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.
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