ROXBURY, NJ – About 1,100 wristbands commemorating Maya Guberman, a 13-year-old Roxbury student who died last month, were distributed this week at Roxbury High School and Eisenhower Middle School (EMS).

The white plastic bands, donated by the Roxbury Rotary Club, are etched with “Always Remember” and “Roxbury Strong.” They were handed out at EMS by student Danielle Faroldi and at the high school by student Ashley Miller along with their friends.

Faroldi, 14, and Miller, 18, said students were appreciative of the effort, with many saying the wristbands will serve as a way to keep alive the memory of Guberman.

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“I know everyone went through a lot after this happened,” Faroldi said. “To me, it feels like a piece of her is with me now. It’s hard; I can’t stop thinking about her. It’s hard.”

To Help the Healing

Miller, a senior, is vice-president of the school’s Interact Club, an arm of the Rotary Club. Her father, Don Miller, is a Rotarian. She said she and Rotary Club President Steve Alford came up with the wristband idea.

“Basically, I wanted to do something to have the awareness spread and always have her with me,” Miller said. “Our best idea was to do the bracelets.”

Alford said the club spent $393 to buy the bands as a gesture of good will. “It was just the Rotary Club trying to do what it could to help people heal,” he said.

Some wristbands were given to Guberman’s family, noted Alford and Faroldi.

People continue to donate money to a GoFundMe site set up Feb. 14 in honor of Maya Guberman. The site has collected more than $51,000 so far. 

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