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TIA Garden Project (February Update)

The Inspiration Academy’s Garden Project has recently “sprung” back to life now that the weather is getting warmer. As the temperatures rise, our students are reigniting their passion for gardening and the outdoors. Our garden project, which encourages students to learn about nature, sustainability, and healthy eating, had been paused during the colder months. However, with the onset of warmer weather, the gardening tools are out, and students are ready to start planting and tending to the garden again. The anticipation is high as everyone eagerly waits to see the “fruits” of their labor in the form of blooming flowers and thriving vegetables.

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TIA Mardi Gras Celebration 2024

We extend our deepest gratitude to Ms. Brittni for her exceptional work in organizing The Inspiration Academy’s Mardi Gras celebration. Her meticulous planning and execution of every detail ensured the success of this event. Not only did she put together an impressive celebration, but she also took the time to educate our students about the rich history and cultural significance of Mardi Gras. Her enthusiasm and commitment to this task were evident in her work, and our students were both educated and entertained in the process.

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Horseshoe Dam Waterfall

Billy took our high school students off-road to go see the fantastic waterfall out at Horseshoe Dam. Our students had a great time exploring the falls and enjoyed swimming in the cold river below. The Horseshoe Dam is just 25 miles outside the beautiful town of Cave Creek. There is an 8 mile off-road portion of this trip to reach the dam. The dam is 1,500 feet long and 144 feet high. This dam is unique because there is a walking path that allows you to get behind the water flowing over the dam. You can get very close to the water below the dam, which cascades down into a beautiful multi-teared waterfall flowing over large rocks. The views are stunningly beautiful when there is a release of water. Just below Horseshoe Dam is some of Arizona’s best fishing. Popular spots include Catfish Point and Mesquite Cove. Not all education happens in a classroom. Onwards to our next adventure together!

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Spartan Kids Race AZ 2024

One of the main organizers for Spartan Race has reached out to me to see if students, staff, and parents from The Inspiration Academy would be interested in doing a Spartan Race together. If so, they would offer us a 30% discount on tickets! The race would be on Feb 17th and 18th. Here is a link:
There are various distances to race to pick from and time slots to choose from.
Contact Billy Risticcia for our TIA discount code, that gets us 30% off.

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Food Drive for Extended Hands Food Bank

The Inspiration Academy is teaming up with the Fountain Hills Italian Interest Group for a Food Drive for Extended Hands Food Bank now until February 1st, 2024. You can drop off items at The Inspiration Academy, Monday-Friday, from 8:00am-3:00pm at 16150 E El Lago Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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TIA Thanksgiving Luncheon 2023

Dear valued students, families, and staff members at The Inspiration Academy,

We would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to each and every one of you for making our Thanksgiving luncheon such a wonderful and memorable event. Your attendance and participation were essential in making this day a true success.

We were truly grateful to see so many happy faces gathered around the tables, feasting on delicious meals, and spending quality time with one another. None of this would have been possible without the efforts and dedication of our amazing staff and families, who worked tirelessly to prepare and serve up a delicious feast for everyone.

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to express our sincere thanks to all who contributed to making this event a success, whether it was by bringing a dish to share, lending a helping hand, or simply showing up with your positive energy and spirit.

Thank you, once again, for making our Thanksgiving luncheon such a special occasion. We look forward to celebrating with you again in the future.

Warmest regards,

Lisa, Billy, and Devon Ristuccia

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Washington D.C. Trip Fundraiser Dinner Report

From the bottom of our hearts, we here at The Inspiration Academy want to thank the community for coming out to support our student led Washington D.C. trip fundraiser dinner last night. We had over 60 people in attendance! A special thanks goes to Debbie J. Elder for coming in to teach our students methods of food preparation, cooking, baking, plating, and the fine art of cleaning up! Our students worked very hard together along with our amazing staff over three days preparing for the dinner service. We had a great jazz pianist to set the mood for the dinner, followed by a number of our students who also played the piano for us. We also want to thank our staff who worked incredibly hard behind the scenes to help make this dinner a great success.

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Video Recap Breakfast for Grandparents

Here is a video recap of our Breakfast for Grandparents event. The Inspiration Academy was delighted to host our student’s grandparents for a special breakfast event. We believe that grandparents play an important role in the lives of our students, and we enjoyed celebrating that relationship. TIA students helped provide breakfast service to show their appreciation for the love and support their grandparents provide. Our morning was filled with joy and memorable moments, with many members of our community coming together. Some of our students played the piano for all of our guests. We thank all our students and staff for making this such a great event.

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TIA Touring the Arizona Culinary Institute

To kick off The Inspiration Academy’s Culinary Arts Module training this school year, TIA students have been touring the Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale to learn about culinary arts schooling opportunities they may wish to pursue. In the coming weeks, TIA students will begin their own cooking classes with Debbie J. Elder, founder of Culinary Curator. TIA’s Culinary Arts Module allows students to learn the basics of food preparation and explore the art and science of cooking and baking. It includes healthy meal planning and artistic presentation. In preparation for these cooking classes, all TIA staff and students study, test, and earn their full Food Handlers Certification Cards. TIA students this year will be cooking, serving, and running a number of events as part of their training during September, October, and November.

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TIA at The River of Time Museum

Watch video of TIA students at The River of Time Museum. Experience The River of Time Museum here in beautiful Fountain Hills, Arizona. The Inspiration Academy, a K-12 private school, has been partnering with the museum to teach students about local history, exhibit design, historical reenactments, presentation skills, the water cycle, and water conservation. TIA students trained as junior docents for the museum.

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