PORTLAND — Recent high school dropouts will be invited back during a special Amnesty Day event on May 22 at the Portland Boys and Girls Club at 277 Cumberland Ave.

Portland’s school completion task force organized the Saturday gathering to provide a more welcoming forum for students who may be ready to return but need a little encouragement.

The noon to 3 p.m. event is designed to show that teachers and others care about students who leave school and really want them back in class, said Beth Arsenault, who heads the alternative education program at Portland High School.

The task force chose a familiar but non-school environment so the event might be less intimidating for students who may have had negative school experiences, Arsenault said.

The afternoon program will feature music and door prizes and give students an opportuntity to talk with teachers and counselors about the challenges they face in returning to school and how they can be addressed.

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