City residents who have dropped out of school but who want to go back can sign up today at the city's first "Re-entry State Fair" at the Washington Convention Center.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., counselors and representatives from schools and adult education programs across the city will help people enroll in the whatever program best fits their needs.
In addition, representatives from city agencies will be on hand to provide information on day care to returnees who are parents and also to help parents find jobs that won't interfere with a return to school.
School officials estimate that four of every 10 students in the District do not finish high school.
"It is time to do something to recall some of these students who have left the public school system," said the fair's organizer, Dorris Woodson, who is the city's assistant superintendent for the State Office of Special Education.
The first-time effort is expected to attract a number of media celebrities, school board members, former school chiefs and Superintendent Andrew Jenkins. Woodson said they will be wearing T-shirts sporting the fair's slogan: "Come Home to D.C. Public Schools."
The city will provide free bus transportation to the fair from four city sites: 57th and Dix streets NE, 2002 14th St. SE (Union Temple Baptist Church), 13th and Upshur streets NW (Roosevelt High School), and 16th and Irving streets NW (Lincoln Junior High School).
Buses will leave at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. They return at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Washington Convention Center is at 900 Ninth St. NW.
For more information, call 727-0445.