Elisa Vera Nelson was 10 years old when she died on November 4, 1980 in the Orange Groves where the current Palm Harbor Middle School stands. Elisa was a smart, bright, funny, athletic, beautiful little girl; she was unselfish, had a huge heart and loved all animals. She loved to dance, sing and roller skate hangout with her friends. She was a fighter, a leader, confident, fearless and independent. But perhaps the thing she was most proud of was being was a Girl Scout.
Elisa loved to play teacher and would talk those who were struggling to the library to check out books and teach them to read. She loved adventures, either in person or through books. She was always at the library and chance she got the chance. She loved to play teacher; she even had a chalkboard where she would conduct class with neighborhood kid. She would take those who were struggling to read, down to the neighborhood library and check out books for them. She once wrote a school paper titled
“If I had three wishes”
If I had three wishes, the first thing I would like is a horse. Then my second wish would be to have the land for it to live on and my third wish would be to have all the food to feed him. And if I had a fourth wish, I wouldn’t have to pay taxes on the land. I would like an all black horse and I would call her Black Beauty. And if I had a fifth wish I would wish that Black Beauty could talk. And that she could understand what I said those would be my 5 greatest wishes.
Elisa was a typical little girl of the 70’s; she loved unicorns, butterflies, tie-dye rainbows and especially Black Beauty. She was a Girl Scout and was brave and adventurous. She was always thinking ahead about how to make people feel good, she wanted to help others and make them smile. It is with this spirit and in her memory that the PHMS has dedicated the Media Center to her.
The mural in the Media Center was painted by Steve Spathelf a local artist from Dunedin known as Spat’s Splats. Please make sure you stop by the Media Center and check out Elisa’s Reading Nook. Our Media Center was dedicated on May 31, 2014 to Elisa Vera Nelson 7/7/1970 to 11/4/1980. She will always be remembered by this beautiful mural and memorial. Every dollar raised goes directly to helping provide the best education possible by providing our students with the materials they need.
Elisa will never be forgotten by her friends and the community!
Please help by making a donation to the Elisa Nelson Memorial
Questions about Elisa Nelson Memorial PHMS
email – Marianne Anderson, Librarian