There were quite a few Career Days at PBC schools last month–including at Lincoln and Washington elementaries in Riviera Beach. And our elected officials showed up. Riviera Beach City Councilman Terence ‘T.D.’ Davis spoke to fourth and fifth grade classes at Lincoln on May 24, while Riviera Beach Councilwoman Tonya Davis Johnson, PBC Commissioner Mack Bernard and state Senator Bobby Powell visited Washington Elementary on May 23. Washington, by the way, was home to the School District of Palm Beach County’s 2017-18 Principal of the Year, Sandra Edwards. In February, she was appointed to lead Carver Middle School in Delray Beach.
The mother, Terrion Nelson, is an accomplished singer while the father, Ray Nelson, played drums for the FAMU Marching 100; both are also longtime educators. Their three kids are achieving as well: Ray, II, a professional, college-educated drummer who recently returned from an Asian tour with Grammy-nominated singer Kehlani; Reneir is a third-year student at FAMU, studying music, playing in the band and teaching at the drum camp; and Reche’, who studies dance with the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in New York City and will work in Los Angeles this summer. The family’s nonprofit, week-long Synergy Percussion Drumming Camp, starts today and ends Friday. Even if this camp is missed, the family’s story is compelling and their nonprofit has a simple mission: using music to inspire and teach students ages 8 to 18. Registration ends today at 10 a.m. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the fee is $150 per student, which includes daily breakfast and lunch, the camp uniform, classes, instruments and more–such as the rich history of a creative family that achieves and wants to share it with our community.