This past Wednesday, November 30 2019, the National Spanish Honor Society at Centereach High School made a trip to the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York. At around 10:30, students arrived at the UN and were taken on an edifying tour of the buildings. Students learned about the various branches of the UN, which include the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the International Court of Justice, and the Secretariat. They even had the opportunity to sit in on two important meetings taking place in real time at the assembly halls. That day, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was holding a meeting for World Children’s Day. At the meeting, many celebrities, including Millie Bobby Brown and David Beckham, spoke. Another part of the tour featured information about the UN Peacekeeping forces, and the UN’s 17 incredibly zealous goals. These are: to end poverty, eliminate hunger, promote good health and well-being, secure quality education for all, create gender equality, provide clean water and sanitation, provide affordable and clean energy, procure decent work and economic growth, fund industry, innovation, and infrastructure, reduce inequality, help build sustainable cities and communities, consume and produce responsibly, climate action, protect life below water and life on land, peace, justice, and strong institutions, and create partnerships for the goals.
After the tour, the students walked to nearby Bryant Park and were given the chance to explore. They were able to taste and see cultures from around the world, represented by countless vendors. The whole trip proved to be an incredibly enriching cultural experience for all those who attended.
On Wednesday, November 20, Ms. Reynolds took two buses full of National Spanish Honor Society kids to the city. We departed from the high school at 7:10 and arrived at the UN around 9:30. As soon as we got off of the bus we headed straight to the UN. Once we entered, we were allowed to walk around the basement of the building while our tour guide was preparing for the tour. We learned about some of the artwork that was gifted to the UN and on display in the lobby. The most interesting part of the tour, however, was when we were allowed to view an actual UN conference in progress. They had rooms over 100 feet tall with hundreds of seats. After the tour, we left the UN and headed to Bryant Park. There, we ate food from many little food vendors ranging from bakeries to bars. Then, we re boarded the bus and arrived home by 4:00.