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Posted on: December 29, 2016

Rededication of the S.T.A.R.S. Complex


S.T.A.R.S. Complex rededication honors former Councilwoman Dr. Ann Murphy Knight

Fort Myers, FL (Dec. 28, 2016) -- The City of Fort Myers will recognize former Councilwoman Dr. Ann Murphy Knight by renaming the S.T.A.R.S. Complex and Community park in her honor. On Thursday, Jan. 5 at 11:00 a.m., the public is invited to a rededication ceremony as the popular youth center is renamed the Dr. Ann Murphy Knight S.T.A.R.S. Complex.

The S.T.A.R.S. Complex is located at 2980 Edison Ave. in Fort Myers.

Dr. Knight will be in attendance at the ceremony, which will honor the former Councilwoman, an influential educator who grew up in the city and went on to serve its children and residents for several decades. Her efforts with Fort Myers' youth have created generations of successful adults who owe their success largely to Dr. Knight and her peers.

Born in Fort Myers in 1932, Dr. Knight graduated from Dunbar High School before receiving her Bachelor’s, Masters’ and Doctoral degrees in education. She returned to Fort Myers and taught for four decades at Franklin Park Elementary, Edgewood Academy, and Caloosa Elementary.

Dr. Knight was elected to Fort Myers City Council in 1984 and served Ward 3 for more than 20 years, longer than any other council member. With her strong focus on youth, Dr. Knight was responsible for improvements throughout the city, in particular on reduction of juvenile crime and improving childhood education. The S.T.A.R.S Program was initiated during Dr. Knight’s term of office as Ward 3 City Councilwoman.

Fort Myers Mayor Randall P. Henderson, Jr. will emcee the celebration. Light refreshments will be served.

About the S.T.A.R.S. Complex and Community Park:

The S.T.A.R.S. Complex is celebrating its 25th year of serving the community. Founded in 1991, the S.T.A.R.S. (Success Through Academic and Recreational Support) Program was initiated to help the youth of the City of Fort Myers set and obtain goals for a bright future. The S.T.A.R.S. Program helps the youth of Fort Myers discover alternatives to drugs, crime, illiteracy and poverty through activities such as sports, music, dance, arts and academics.

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