Chess center dedicated to former teacher Karen Waters to be honored at middle school

By Julie Gorham

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 3:45 pm


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One true thing about Karen T. Waters is that she loved chess.

“Karen was a teacher at Crystal River Middle (School) for almost 10 years before she passed away on March 12,” said Crystal River Middle School Principal Inge Frederick. “She was very dedicated to her students and believed chess helps to get kids thinking.”

She had a huge heart and love for critical thinking and believed chess was the answer. So, every year, she would teach students everything about chess — from what each piece means to thinking carefully about each move.

The school wants to continue her passion for chess by dedicating a portion of its media center as the Karen T. Waters Chess Center, Frederick said.

“We want to use this area specifically to reward students,” Frederick said. “My only sadness is we couldn’t do this while she was alive; she passed away very quickly and I believe this is what she would like.”

The school invites past students who share memories of learning to play chess to a dedication Friday, March 10, at 12:30 p.m. in the media center.

For more information, call Crystal River Middle School at 352-795-2116.

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