PALM HARBOR — It’s been nearly 34 years since Elisa Nelson was abducted and murdered, but her memory and spirit remain alive. Palm Harbor Middle School, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and family members gathered Saturday morning at the school to remember Elisa and dedicate an area of the library in her honor. “Elisa’s Reading Nook” was unveiled, complete with a mural depicting some of Nelson’s “favorite things and greatest wishes,” according to a press release provided by ceremony organizers. In the aftermath of Elisa’s death, the local Parent-Teacher Association created at plaque for her that was installed at the old Palm Harbor Middle School in early 1981. However, when the new middle school was built, in 1983, the plaque was misplaced and could not be located.
This past Saturday morning effectively restored the school’s tribute to its former student and plans are underway to establish an annual book drive in Elisa’s name. The Elisa Nelson Library Memorial Fund also has been re-established, the press release stated, in addition to scholarships for at-risk youths funded through the Pinellas Education Foundation.