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Cynthia Aleman

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Any student with an interest in languages and cultures may join the International Club. The organization usually attracts students of French and Spanish and those who speak a language other than English at home. The campaign drive takes place late August or early September. During this time, interested students may attend the informational meeting to sign up. To become of member of the International Club, one has only to turn in a consent for drug test (per school board policy). There are no dues to pay.

The International Club does cultural and linguistic activities after school. Club sponsors try to organize two to three events per semester . Since 1997, members have gone caroling at an assisted living home in Douglasville. The residents enjoy hearing their favorite Christmas tunes in French, Spanish, and English sung by the community's young people. Sometime in the fall, the International Club stays after school to play petanque, also known as boules. This yard sport has been played in Europe since Roman times and remains popular in France. Some years, we have learned traditional dances from Quebec and the Spanish-speaking world. Members always enjoy this opportunity to dance! In the past, club members from Douglas County High School have celebrated Mexican and French holidays in local ethnic restaurants and have the opportunity to practice their nearly-acquired second language skills with native speakers. In 2004, the International Club hosted a group of students from a high school in Japan. Spring of 2007, the International Club and the Art Club went to an exhibit of African art at the cultural arts center across the street from the high school.  Every spring, members help at the West Metro Language Forum held at Douglas County High School.

If these activities interest you, contact any teacher of French, Spanish, or ESOL during the International Club's enrollment period.