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Citizens of the World at Bob Jones embraces cultural diversity

MADISON – Three young men at Bob Jones High School have founded a club that anyone can join, and no common interests or skills are required.

(RECORD PHOTO/JOHN ALLEN)
(RECORD PHOTO/JOHN ALLEN)

Rahul Gaini, David Gunther and Daniel Lang formulated the idea for the Citizens of the World Club. “Unlike many other clubs, Citizens of the World offers a more meaningful, involved community experience by providing service opportunities that help raise awareness of cultural diversity,” Gaini said.

Many students wanted a club that was open to everyone, regardless of GPA or qualifications.

Gaini, Gunther and Lang intend to raise awareness for global cultures with chances to volunteer at cultural events in the area. “Members of the club want to learn about world cultures and make a difference by participating in monthly projects that promote unity and diversity,” Gaini said.

No Bob Jones student will be denied entrance, which is “the beauty of the club,” Gaini said. The only qualification for membership is a desire to volunteer for community improvements.

Members of the Citizens of the World Club will attend the Peace Rally on Sept. 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the gazebo in Huntsville’s Big Spring Park. The rally’s objective is “for people of the community to come together and watch the lighting of a candle, which is a symbol of unity,” Gaini said.

In addition, numerous club members will volunteer at events during the annual International Festival of North Alabama or iFest at the University of Alabama in Huntsville on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Citizens of the World hopefully will cause Bob Jones students “to appreciate cultures outside of the ones that exist in just their lives. Additionally, we hope that students who were not able to join other honor societies and clubs, due to a lack of qualifications, will be able to join our club and have a positive effect on society,” Gaini said.

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