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Annual Fund Honors Culbreth MS Musician in Memory of Abigail Rice

In October 2019, the Culbreth Middle School (CMS) community was rocked by the sudden passing of student Abigail Rice and her mother in a head on collision in Chatham County. Abigail loved playing violin in the CMS orchestra, and one of the ways the school chose to honor her life was to upgrade her violin and send it to Rice’s younger brother, who had moved to live with his father in Nebraska.

This spring the first memorial Abigail Rice Instrument Fund will provide a violin to an eighth grade CMS student who is choosing to pursue orchestra in high school. The Public School Foundation fund is underwritten by Rice’s father, as an expression of gratitude and the desire to help deserving students continue their musical studies with a quality instrument. This year, the gift is a violin, but the fund can apply to any instrument for a band or orchestra student.

Corrie Franklin, Orchestra Teacher at CMS and Chapel Hill High School, said, “Mr. Rice's generous memorial scholarship will honor Abigail's legacy and provide opportunities to deserving Culbreth students for years to come. Although her absence at promotion this year was a difficult reminder that she is no longer with us, her memory will be kept alive and celebrated through this gift.”

Inside the violin bestowed this spring is the inscription, “In loving memory of Abigail Rice, Culbreth Class of 2021.” Additionally, a one time college scholarship will be given in Rice’s name to a class of 2025 Carrboro High School student who participated in band or orchestra throughout their four years of high school.