Karyl and Byron Rice

Making a Commitment to a School They Love

Karyl and Byron RiceFor Karyl and Byron Rice, supporting Breck in an estate plan is, more than anything, a way to make sure that this school will be an option for future generations of students, parents and teachers.

"We genuinely love Breck," Karyl says. "It's been a wonderful place for our children and for us. If we can help in some small way, we're more than happy to do so."

The Rice family is blue and gold through and through. Both Byron (Middle School teacher and coach) and Karyl (Communications department) are longtime staff members. Their children Erik '08 and Maura '10 were both lifer students. Colleagues and parents of their children's friends make up a substantial part of their life outside of school as well.

Byron, who switched from a large public high school in northern California to Marin Academy as a junior, says going to an independent school changed his life. "I honestly don't know what I'd be doing now if it weren't for the opportunities I had at Marin," he reflects. "I went from a giant school where I got completely lost in the shuffle to a small, Episcopal school like Breck where I was exposed to great teaching, learned good work habits, and got to participate in a variety of sports and other activities."

Karyl, whose background is entirely in the public schools (her dad was an elementary school principal in Bloomington), admits that she never expected to send her own children to an independent school. "Our kids had such totally different experiences from my own," she observes. "They were guided and encouraged from their earliest age to find their passions."

"When we look at the things that are significant to both our kids as young adults today, we see the roots at Breck. For Erik, it's writing, acting, Shakespeare and the Supreme Court. For Maura, it's art, an interest her Breck teachers have nurtured every step of the way," both say.

And even though sending their children to Breck required some economic sacrifice, both Karyl and Byron feel strongly about their voluntary support of the school. "There are so many people who need help," they say, "and we can't give to them all. But we know what Breck has meant to our family, and we want to see it thrive for many years to come."