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Posted on: April 4, 2018

Community volunteers needed to construct new playground

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FORT MYERS, FL (April 4, 2018) – Volunteers from the City of Fort Myers, Target and the community will join KaBOOM! on Friday, April 27 to transform an empty site at the S.T.A.R.S. Complex into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours.

The Dr. Ann Murphy Knight S.T.A.R.S. (Success Through Academic and Recreational Support) Complex is a community gathering place where children and young adults come together to play, learn and explore. STARS offers before and after school programming as well as sports activities and camps that coincide with school breaks. During Hurricane Irma, the complex served as a volunteer hub for the staging and distribution of food and supplies.

In February, kids from the surrounding community came together to draw their dream playground. The playground is based off their drawings and will provide more than 1,100 kids in Fort Myers affected by Hurricane Irma with a great, safe place to play.

This playground is one of several to be built across Florida this year serving communities that were affected by the hurricane. It will be the 36th build by Target and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, Target and KaBOOM! are creating an oasis where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated.

WHEN: Friday, April 27

6:30 AM – Team leaders arrive
8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
8:30 AM – Kick off ceremony
2:30 PM – Ribbon-cutting ceremony (times approximate)

WHERE: The STARS Complex
2980 Edison Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33916

WHO: Hundreds of community volunteers!

HOW TO HELP: Sign up online to participate at 
or RSVP to Amber Smith at 239-321-7545 or


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