JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The first day of school was a somber one for Northview High School Aug. 11. Just days before the new school year began, a rising senior died in an accident.
Rising senior Abbey Rice died Friday, Aug. 8 in an all-terrain vehicle accident while on a team-building trip with fellow volleyball teammates. The ATV rolled over, fatally wounding the girl.
Abbey had attended Northview High for three years and was headed into her senior year.
She was part of a group of volleyball team members and parents who had traveled to South Georgia for a team-building exercise, said Susan Hale, spokeswoman for Fulton Schools. It was an informal, non-school sponsored event.
Several of the girls were riding the ATV when it flipped, killing Abbey.
Hale said the school has a crisis care team in place to help any student or staff member needing to speak to someone.
“As this is the first day of school for students, our focus is on providing support while also striving to keep the school day as normal as possible,” Hale said.
Abbey’s father has been in touch with the school, keeping them informed.
A Give Forward donation was set up to help the family cover travel expenses so they can be surrounded and supported by their out-of-town family, as well as funding meals and other costs to ease their burden.
“Abbey would have been the first person to set up a similar program and we all want to find comfort in doing something that we know will provide the Rice family some relief,” said the Give Forward website for Abbey.
To visit the Give Forward page, www.giveforward.com, and search for “4 Abbey.”