Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt to Offer “Student Excellence Award”to Elementary Students
WARSAW, IN – (October 16, 2015) – Believing in the power of positive reinforcement, Deron Manwaring, local owner of Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt, is initiating a program to support the efforts of local elementary school teachers in their quest to recognize the positive achievements of their students. “Zoyo Supports Education” is a program in which Manwaring supplies “Student Excellence Awards” to elementary school teachers for their use in recognizing their students. The award can then be brought to the Warsaw Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt location where the student can show it, and in return, create his or her own free dream yogurt sundae valued up to $4 at regular price with no other purchase required.
“The word, ‘Neighborhood,’ is in our name intentionally,” Manwaring stated. “Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt wants to be involved in the community in a myriad of ways. The ‘Zoyo Supports Education’ program is just one of those ways. We want to partner with the teachers in our community in recognizing the outstanding achievements of the children in our schools.” Teachers can choose to distribute the award to students for any reason or achievement. They can recognize academic achievements, student improvement, good citizenship, or any other noteworthy action or behavior they choose. Teachers will be provided with one certificate each month which they can use to recognize a child in their class. Additionally, Manwaring said each teacher will receive a “Teacher Certificate” during the year which they can bring to Zoyo for a free yogurt sundae. “We want the opportunity to meet and personally thank our teachers for their work in our community.”
Cindy Brady, an educator in the Wawasee School District was asked how she felt the “Zoyo Supports Education” would help local teachers: “We live in a world in which the ‘squeaky wheel gets the grease’, and often times more attention is paid to those making poor choices than to those who do the right thing. The ‘Zoyo Supports Education’ program allows teachers to acknowledge and encourage students who are doing the right thing. The freedom for teachers to decide the criteria for the award allows us to choose students that might not be the best academically, but are excelling in other ways, such as consistently reaching out to lift others up and leading by example. These are the kind of choices we want to encourage in our young people. We appreciate the ‘Zoyo Supports Education’ program and our partnership with Deron Manwaring which allows us to do this.”
To introduce the program, Manwaring partnered with the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce. Through the Chamber, the program was presented to local school administrators, who received the program with a great deal of enthusiasm. Schools participating in the “Zoyo Supports Education” program for the 2015/2016 school year include elementary schools in Warsaw, Wawasee, Tippy and Pierceton.
“We want to celebrate the success of our schoolchildren and ‘Zoyo Supports Education’ provides us that opportunity. In fact, we enjoy sharing with our customers in all their celebrations,” Manwaring said. “Our informal theme is: What Are You Celebrating Today at Zoyo? People come in to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, job promotions, sports team wins, even something as simple as having a good day. We’re open year round so people can come in to celebrate any occasion or event.”
Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt is located just north of Warsaw on Sr 15 in the Kohl’s Shopping Plaza. Open all year round with Sunday through Thursday hours 12 noon to 9pm and open on Friday and Saturday from 12 noon to 10pm. In addition to the Warsaw store, Deron Manwaring and his wife, Ana, also operate the Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt location in Ft. Wayne at 1034 South Thomas Road. You can call 574.267.4487 to inquire about Zoyo’s catering services.
About Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt
Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt is an Arizona-based, self-serve frozen yogurt franchise with 13 locations across the metro-Phoenix area, as well as locations in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Texas, and Oklahoma. Founded in 2010, Zoyo is a neighborhood gathering place where friends and family can get together over a cup of delicious, premium quality frozen yogurt. Zoyo’s selection of frozen yogurt flavors is constantly changing, and includes everything from classic flavors like Pistachio or Cookies & Cream, to original creations like Zoatmeal Cookie and Peanut Butter & Jelly. translate Guests also have 45 toppings to choose from, which range from fresh fruit, to chocolate candies and decadent caramel syrup.
In addition to the countless yogurt and topping combinations available at Zoyo, the frozen yogurt is carefully crafted to contain high levels of beneficial live and active yogurt cultures and to provide a great source of nutrients such as protein, calcium, potassium, B12 and Riboflavin. Whether frozen yogurt is a component of your health regimen or you’re simply trying to satisfy a sweet tooth, Zoyo has something for everyone, all housed under one clean, friendly, and relaxed roof.