'Daler Strong': Schools across LI wear green to support Farmingdale following deadly bus crash

The gesture comes as friends and family remember the two women killed in last week’s accident in Orange County.

Caroline Flynn and Jon Dowding

Sep 27, 2023, 3:00 AM

Updated 211 days ago

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Students and staff at schools across Long Island wore green Tuesday to show support for the Farmingdale community.
The gesture comes as friends and family remember the two women killed in last week’s accident in Orange County.
Students like tenth grader William Leszczak said he has friends at Farmingdale High School and wore green for them.
He added, "it was bad what happened to Farmingdale, very tragic and I just want to show my support and love for the neighboring town."
Communities across Long Island are showing their support following a bus crash that killed two Farmingdale High School teachers.
In Massapequa Park, the owners of Sgambati's Pizza made shirts saying "Daler Strong" as a way to show the unity created after the tragedy.
"Whether it be Massapequa, Farmingdale, and other communities around, everybody's coming together to support the students in Farmingdale, Gina, her family,” said Sgambati's Pizza's co-owner Marisa Sgambati.
Sgambati’s donated 100% of its proceeds from Tuesday to Gina Pellettiere's son.
"There's just not enough kindness in the world,” said co-owner Ilisa Haimes. “And when you have the ability to help other people, you should. And we have the ability to do it."
Sgambati’s also has a collection box in the store where they’ll be collecting donations for the Pellettiere family.
Local businesses weren't the only ones showing their Daler Pride Tuesday.
The William Floyd High School wind ensemble dedicated a performance to the Farmingdale school community.
The UBS Arena was also lit up in green to show solidarity with Farmingdale.
The reasons behind the showing of support were clear, regardless of where on Long Island it was seen.
"This was just something that hit really close to home, and it was what we could do,” said Haimes. “It's not a lot, but it was something."


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