Fifteen middle school students attended the annual Middle School Tolerance Day, sponsored by the Nassau County Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center.  The event’s purpose is to promote tolerance and diversity and to help students formulate methods to stop bullying.

The students listened to a presentation by Glen Cove musician Vinnie Basile, who relayed how he overcame racism and learned to look beyond stereotypes and appreciate diversity.  He performed his rap song, “Think About It,” which relates the story of Mr. Basile’s firsthand encounter with racism. 

The students broke into groups, where they discussed ways to promote tolerance in their own schools.  It is hoped that the students will act as “Ambassadors of Tolerance” and disseminate the ideas to their fellow students here at Locust Valley. These new Ambassadors of Tolerance are scheduled to present their ideas at the next Locust Valley Middle School town meetings.