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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus and school closures, the TIE Foundation Spracale Awards Dinner has been canceled until further notice. 

53rd Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day

The TIE/Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast was held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Tempe Academy of International Studies McKemy Campus Cafeteria. Together, all schools collected $2,250, combined with $1,500 total door sales for a grand total of $3,750. Approximately 750 people were served, plus an additional 300 free meals were given to all of the volunteers and music students who serenaded attendees with holiday tunes. Thank you to those who came and supported our students!

Help us build a better tomorrow...TODAY!

Our children are the future. If we fail them today, we can expect that their "tomorrow," as well as that of our nation, will be something tremendously less than what we all hope for. If we take pride in our children and help them realize their potential, then we can all be assured of a bright future.   

Your contribution to the TIE Foundation can help us achieve our goals and begin to make a difference for our children. Your donation is tax deductible, as the TIE Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) with ID#86-0670224 and United Way #1274. If you are an individual or an organization and would like to make a secure online donation to the TIE Foundation through PayPal, please click on the "Donate" button below:


The 2019 TIE Foundation Spracale Education Awards Dinner


Thank you to all our sponsors, our supporters, and those who attended the 2019 event and helped to make it a huge success and our best to date!

To become a sponsor at the 2020 TIE Dinner, please select a sponsorship level below. 

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If you have questions, please contact Paul Gutierrez at (480) 730-7101 or paul.gutierrez@tempeschools.org.

Want to see the TIE Dinner 2019 Photos? 

The following link is an online album where anyone can view, download, and print photos from the 2019 TIE Dinner http://bit.ly/2Q9dc5u. Did you also get a chance to stop by our photo booth at this year's TIE Dinner? You can find and download your photos by clicking this link: bit.ly/TIEDinner19.


For the past 28 years, the Tempe Impacts Education (TIE) Foundation have hosted their annual Joseph P. Spracale Education Awards Dinner bringing our community together to support the important programs that benefit the boys and girls of the Tempe Elementary School District. These programs include ensuring our students have consistent access to food; clothing; medical, dental, and hygiene products; scholarships; and field trip opportunities. This event also serves to celebrate the impact of Tempe Elementary staff and community members with two award categories – proving that there are everyday heroes making a positive difference for our students!

The Joseph P. Spracale Commitment to Education Award

The Joseph P. Spracale Commitment to Education Award is given annually to recognize an employee of the district who has made or is making a significant contribution to education in the Tempe Elementary School District for a minimum of 10 years. (Current TIE Foundation Board members are not eligible for the Award.) 

Congratulations to Tracy Harvester, Director of Student Support, the 2019 recipient of the Joseph P. Spracale Commitment to Education Award!


Tracy Harvester cares passionately about Tempe Elementary students and staff, and does whatever it takes to ensure that all students succeed. Beginning her career as an elementary education teacher, Tracy has proven herself as a leader in education with a proven track-record of success as an Instructional Specialist, Faculty Associate, Elementary Dean of Students, School Principal, and most recently the Director of Student Support at the Tempe Elementary School District.

For the past 11 years, Tracy has worked to ensure that every member of her Tempe Elementary staff have all the tools they need to help students succeed. Most recently, Tracy has been instrumental in the success of the City of Tempe funded TempePRE (Preschool Resource Expansion) program, a six-million-dollar grant which has provided free, high-quality preschool to Tempe families. Staff and families alike wholeheartedly agree that Tracy is a shining example of excellence within the Tempe Elementary School District and Tempe community.


The Ralph & Carla Lingerfelt Commitment to Community Award

The Lingerfelt award is given to an organization or individual who has made a major contribution to the community with a heavy emphasis affecting the boys and girls in our schools and the community. Ralph was a teacher and principal in Tempe Elementary district for over 35 years. Carla traveled the same path both as a teacher and then a principal. Both continued to support the boys and girls in the district well after their retirement.

Congratulations to Act One, the 2019 recipient of the Ralph & Carla Lingerfelt Commitment to Community Award!

In Arizona, schools increasingly do not have funds for educational arts field trips, and this is especially the case for Title I schools in low-income communities. Act One was founded in 2011 to provide school children from lower-income families in Maricopa and Pima counties the opportunity to experience arts performances and exhibitions through field trips to professional theaters and museums.

This year, Act One will bring more than 2,200 Tempe Elementary School District students on educational arts field trips. Thanks to this amazing organization, our students will be able to participate in meaningful arts experiences that will enhance their academic and creative potential. Since they were founded in 2011, Act One has brought nearly 157,000 students and their chaperones from Title I schools on educational arts field trips. In strategic focus, program implementation and scale, there is nothing else like it in Arizona, perhaps in the country.



Our Mission

Tempe Impacts Education's caring volunteers collaborate with community groups to foster excellence in our Tempe Elementary School District students, families and educators by securing resources to empower them to successfully accomplish their goals.

Make a difference in the lives of our children

With your help, the TIE Foundation can target these areas: 

  • Connecting With Kids - A service center providing for children in need of:
    • medical services
    • dental services
    • hygiene items
    • school supplies
    • eye care
    • clothing
    • backpacks
  • Beans and Rice Program - Approximately 31,000 pounds of beans and rice are distributed each year to more than 1,800 families. 
  • Scholarships and Transportation - for students to attend summer enrichment school
  • Musical Instruments - for students so they can participate in band and orchestra
  • Awards - for student and employee recognition
  • Scholarships for Classified Staff and Certified Teachers - to obtain certificates in areas of critical need
  • Hands-on Materials - for science and math classes

Tempe Impacts Education (TIE) Scholarships

Twice a year the Tempe Impacts Education (TIE) Foundation awards scholarships to Certified and Classified employees. Please see the Tempe Impacts Education (TIE) Scholarships page for more information.


President & Executive Director – Joseph Spracale
Vice-President – Walt West
Vice-President – Sharon Doyle
Co-Treasurers – Debra Hunter, CPA & Dr. Dale Despain, Ph.D.
Secretary – Paul Gutierrez

Kim Bauman
Christine Busch
Tom Canasi
Bobbie Cassano
Allison Fox
Brittany Franklin
Doreen Garlid
Doug Honaker
Loretta Meador
Mark Mitchell (Ex Officio)
Adrianne Rexius
Evan Rogers
Kathy Stevens
Brad Whitley

3205 S. Rural Road • Tempe, AZ 85282 • (480) 940-0958

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