'Gina Pellettiere Day': Farmingdale To Recognize Beloved Music Teacher

FARMINGDALE, NY — The first annual “Gina Rose Pellettiere Day” was celebrated in Farmingdale Village on Friday — what would have been the beloved music educator’s 44th birthday.

Pellettiere died on Sept. 21 when the bus she was on overturned and tumbled down a 50-foot ravine. She and her students were headed to their annual band camp trip in Greeley, Pennsylvania, where each year, she taught students how to play music and march for the Farmingdale High School football team’s halftime shows. Pellettiere was the single mother of a 2-year-old son, Joseph.

Farmingdale Village adopted the day in honor of “Ms. P,” as her students knew her, because of “her kindness and special dedication to the students of Farmingdale,” Mayor Ralph Ekstrand told Patch.

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A proclamation was signed by Ekstrand acknowledging Nov. 17 as “Gina Rose Pellettiere Day.”

“This prestigious award is a celebration and tribute to Gina’s untiring efforts and contributions to the students of Farmingdale High School, their families and the Farmingdale community,” the proclamation reads. “The impact Ms. P had on her students is immeasurable. Her enthusiasm and love of music was inspiring. Ms. P was always there to help when she was needed, encouraging her students to go beyond what they thought they could accomplish to reach their true potential. Our sincerest gratitude to Gina for her commitment and dedication to her students and the entire Farmingdale community. She will be sorely missed.”

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Pellettiere was mourned by thousands of students, parents and community members in the wake of the tragedy. Her death prompted multiple community members and business owners to raise money for those impacted by the bus crash.

Beatrice “Bea” Ferrari, 77, of Farmingdale, was the second casualty in the Orange County bus crash. She was a retired teacher who chaperoned the trip each year. Her family recently gave the village the green light to have a day named after her in May — her birth month.

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