December 29 1992 - July 8th 2011
Alexandria “Alix” Rice was an exceptional, fun, and loving young woman. Her upbeat attitude could turn around anyone’s day, and she was an incredibly caring person to friends and strangers alike. Her thoughtfulness sparked this project and will carry it through to completion. On July 8, 2011, Alix was riding her longboard, “Rupert,” home from work when she was struck by a drunk driver. Alix lost her life that night, yet it is her inspiring nature, not tragedy, that will define her legacy.
The Alix Rice peace park Foundation is a 501C3 Non Profit Organization. It was formed August 26, 2012 with the major goal of building a skatepark in memory of Alexandria "Alix" Rice. A safe haven for local skateboard/longboard enthusiasts in Alix's home town of Amherst. (Above are some concepts that have been talked about with Pillar Designs.)
If you would like to either remember a loved one or would like to support the park with your company or corporation here are the options available. We would request that you please fill the form out with exact details and send to the foundation address on the form!!!
PERSONAL/FAMILY BRICKS = $100
SILVER CORPORATE BRICKS = $500
GOLD CORPORATE BRICKS = $1000
BENCHES = $5000
PAVILION = $5000
SKATE FEATURES = $10000
The Foundation’s mission is to preserve the values of Alix Rice through her legacy as a longboard and skateboard enthusiast by soliciting funds to financially support the erection and preservation of a skate park as a safe, centrally located meeting place separate from traffic available to all Amherst residents which will promote and empower the youth as stewards of the creative force that adds diversity to our local community through skateboarding as a recreational activity within the Amherst community. To secure a 10,000 - 16,000 sq.ft. public skatepark in memory of Alix Rice.
The purpose of this project is to provide a safe place for skaters to skate and share camaraderie similar to those experiences of soccer, hockey, lacrosse or football players.Skate parks are not breeding grounds for trouble. Skaters have a bad image because they are seen on streets or in locations not appropriate for skateboarders. Skateboarding is a social culture. Teenagers in particular need more than just a place to skateboard. They are looking for a place to meet with friends and talk about music, video-games and sports. Increasingly, outdoor space and public areas are privatized in a manner that discourages teens from gathering. They are looking for a physical place that welcomes them in our community. When a skate park finally gets built in an area where there was a negative reaction they eventually realize the positive impact it has on their communities.
All are available for a donation at
2889 Phatman Boardshop, Sheridan Drive , Tonawanda , NY 14150
The skatepark proposed for Amherst in memory of Alexandria "Alix" Rice has taken a huge step forward. The Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation is proud to announce that the location of the skatepark has been narrowed down to two parcels of land at the Northtown Center, and the process of a user agreement will be implemented in the next few months.
While we are extremely excited at this news, we are still in need of roughly $150,000 to achieve our fundraising goal. We need to continue to raise funds from all possible avenues, and solicit in-kind donations from local suppliers and contractors.
If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact us .Thank you again for all of your support to date, we are truly grateful.
President, Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation
An open letter to my former students and anyone else reading this:
On July 13th, 2014, my wife and I took part in the 3rd Memorial Walk for Alix Rice. We have been doing this ever since Alix’s death in 2011. As I stood in the rain at the site of her death, I could not help but notice that the number of walkers was smaller than in the past. While there are still mementos left there by people who knew and loved her, I am worried that Alix is being forgotten. I made a promise to Alix that that I would write this letter to my other former students to prevent this from happening.. While I have made a few small donations over the years, I realized that my real “currency” is what I may have done for you as your teacher at either Canisius High School or Williamsville North. Now that I am retired, I am able to do more than mourn the loss of my favorite student ever. I am tired of associating my memories of her with how she died; she needs to be remembered for how she lived. Alix deserves a vibrant, living memorial celebrating who she was.
I need your help to make a dream come true for Tammy Schueler, the mother of Alix Rice. She wants to build the Alix Rice Peace Park as a living legacy to her life; to create “a safe place for skateboarders” on land directly across from the University at Buffalo near the Northtown Center. Through the efforts of Jon Fulcher, Brian Duff, Steve Federico, Frances Knab and many generous people, the Foundation has raised substantial funds but still needs about $150,000 to reach its goal.
So, why Alix Rice ?
I first met Alix in September 2009 when she made her entrance (Alix always made an entrance) into my 7th period English 10 R class. She was wearing black baseball cap (backwards, of course) and actually came up to me to introduce herself as “a new kid from Depew who didn’t like English last year but loves to read and would it be okay if she could read whatever she wanted this year instead of something boring and how do you say your last name and could I call you Mr. F ?” all in one breath. And then she smiled as only she could: one part angelic/one part Ani DiFranco. It was going to be an interesting year. Over the next few weeks, she won me over with her infectious decency and her rambunctious creativity. She did a multigenre inquiry on her favorite band Gogol Bordello. She did an oral report of the history of longboarding and used her beloved Rupert as a prop. She sang her poems to the class; she told me about her church group. And most importantly, she added her mural to Room A146 as part of her lasting contribution to my class. At the end of the year, she thanked me for making her feel part of the class. I thanked her for being Alix.
Alix was the most unique young person I have ever taught; however, high school can be especially difficult for those who are. Things became more stressful during her junior and senior years. She would frequently dropin to talk about school stuff; she was worried about passing her regents exams. She told me about her worries about graduating with her class. I listened and tried to give her support.
Midway through her senior year, Alix came down to tell me that she was leaving school. She was convinced that there was no way she could pass and graduate on time. We talked about her decision and about taking GED classes at AIM (my district’s alternative school). I tried to convince her that she could still reach her dreams; that many creative people had taken the GED route and become very successful. She didn’t look convinced. Before she left, she thanked me a final time for being her favorite teacher. She promised that she would come back with her GED diploma. She took a cellphone picture of the mural she had painted two years earlier. Then, she left.
The next time that I saw Alix was in June 2011. I was driving home after proctoring an afternoon exam and she was longboarding in the bike path going towards Hopkins Road. She looked so Alix smiling and full of life. I wanted to stop to talk with her but I kept driving home. It would be the last time I would see her alive.
On July 8th, 2011, Alix was killed. My daughter Rachel came down the stairs and was saying that it was all over Facebook. She was in disbelief; I was devastated. The next day, I read the news and learned that Alix had earned her GED and was planning to attend ECC. I wished I could have told her how proud I was of her.
At her wake, I met her mother for the first time. I introduced myself and before I knew it I was sobbing. We both just hugged each other for awhile. And then, Tammy Schueler introduced me to her sister as simply “This is Mr. F.”
After 39 years of teaching, I retired from in June 2013. On my last day of teaching, I wore a black tshirt honoring Alix.
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