Coming MAy 2017: Anderson Preparatory Academy | Anderson, Indiana

The rug was pulled out from under Anderson, Indiana, more than a decade ago when General Motors shuttered the plant that provided the community with its main source of jobs and income. Anderson is still trying to recover and create new opportunities for the students who are the town’s future.

One beacon of hope is Anderson Preparatory Academy, a charter school that uses a military mindset to shape young students’ lives and strives to develop the essential tools for their future success.

Most APA students come from low-income families, but as a charter school, APA receives significantly less state and local funding than traditional public schools. That lack of funding has left an essential part of the APA’s curriculum — fitness — at a disadvantage.

APA’s weight room was in ruins. The school didn’t have the funds to purchase new equipment so the only upgrades to the weight room have been makeshift items built from the staff and students. That put APA student athletes at a disadvantage, too — they are underdeveloped compared to rival schools.

A complete weight room makeover from the Lift Life Foundation will make a huge impact to this deserving school. We were honored to help the APA as they further their mission to develop students’ minds and bodies.

Thanks for making this dream a reality: