A Visit to UNIS

  • October 14, 2009
  • United Nations International School (UNIS)
  • Queens 
  • 4th Grade
  • 22

  • Ellin  Everson
  • Senior Manager
  • SMCD
  • Mahwah
  • Use less electricity and carpool two days per week

Students' Reaction

Mr. B's fourth grade class really seemed to enjoy the presentation and showed great enthusiasm and excellent participation.

Questions I was asked

But isn't Venice supposed to have water?

Yes, Venice is a canal city however, due to climate change, the flooding in the pedestrian zones has gotten worse. Venice's canals are tidal but over the years the flood levels have been getting higher affecting residents and tourists' ability to walk around the city. At high tide pedestrians need to wear boots and need to use the temporary walkways.

Overall Impression

On Wednesday, Martha Harvey, Yuichi Somemori and I visited the United Nations International School (UNIS) in Queens, NY. UNIS was founded in 1947 by United Nations affiliated families and maintains a strong relationship with the UN through its governance.The school had a very international feel and a vibrant energy. Mr. Borlotti’s fourth grade students were very friendly and appeared happy to see us as they arranged their seats to be as close to the action as possible. Through their enthusiasm, we had a very lively session with their full and focused participation. We enjoyed the visit!