County Honors 21st Century Tolerance Club

The 21st Century BEST Program Tolerance and Acceptance Club at Edmund W. Miles Middle School was recently honored by the Suffolk County Inter-Faith Anti-Bias Task Force for a public service announcement video they created this winter about tolerance and standing up to bias behavior.

For the PSA, the Tolerance and Acceptance Club chose the tag line “I won’t stand for…” followed by terms such as “intolerance,” “hate,” “homophobia,” “racism,” “violence,” “bullying” and “discrimination.”  For the video, students donned t-shirts that displayed these messages. According to adviser Ron Weber, the club members wanted to make an impactful public statement and discussed together how best to get their message across. The PSA video airs on YouTube at

Mr. Weber, 21st Century BEST Drama Club adviser Gerald Asbell, and EWMMS health teacher Bernadette Kraljic (all of whom were instrumental in creating the PSA) attended a ceremony at the Suffolk County Legislative offices in Hauppauge, where they accepted their award from Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory and Anti-Bias Task Force co-chairs Rabbi Dr. Steven A. Moss and Rev. JoAnn Barrett.