The public is invited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School with food, live music, art exhibits, and performances by students and alumni on May 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school, 140 W. 102nd St.

E.A.R. West Side High School is one of the oldest alternative high schools in the United States.

For 40 years, EARWSHS has taken the students that other schools did not want: those with a long history of truancy or behavior problems, and adolescents dealing with challenges such as economic disadvantage, homelessness, trouble with the law, teen pregnancy, and early parenthood.

For more information, contact event coordinator Esther Quiles at