No rest in retirement for Jefferson Award winner, Pride Academy founder Alisia Apple

INDIANAPOLIS -- There’s no rest in retirement for Alisia Apple.

Apple went right back to work on behalf of children by creating Pride Academy – a place where learning is fun.

It’s a place Apple envisioned to help children thrive.

“I retired from Eli Lilly and Co. and this was supposed to have been a hobby for me 20 years ago,” Apple said. “However, I fell in love with wanting to make a difference in the lives of the children.”

Pride Academy offers before-and-after-school care and summer and winter camps. It also offers kids a chance to focus their learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

“I always wanted to go back to where I grew up on the east side in the Brightwood area, so that’s what I did 21 years ago,” Apple said. “I went back in and just started with 26 children and it grew from there.”

Now, there are 500 kids in four Pride Academy locations across Indianapolis.

For her work on behalf of children, Apple was named RTV6’s Jefferson Award winner for the month of December.

If you’d like to nominate someone for a Jefferson Award, click here to learn how.

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