The RSU 13 Student Engagement Task Force will host a free screening of the 2015 documentary “Paper Tigers” Wednesday, March 30, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Oceanside High School East, 400 Broadway.

Directed by James Redford, “Paper Tigers” captures the pain, the danger, the beauty and the hopes of struggling teens — and the teachers armed with new science and fresh approaches that are changing their lives for the better. “Paper Tigers” follows a year in the life of an alternative high school in Walla Walla, Wash., that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students and, in the process, has become a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.

The film is ideal viewing for educators, administrators, healthcare staff, parents, social workers, mentors and social justice advocates. “Paper Tigers” is designed to spark dialogue and offer hope to schools and youth struggling with dropout rates, truancy, violence, abuse and drug use.

A half hour before the screening, during intermission and after the screening, Oceanside Opportunities Alternative Education students and with residents of the Methodist Conference Home will sell dog and cat toys and blankets plus baked goods and plant cuttings in the lobby, to benefit Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County. Donations will be gladly accepted. More information can be had by contacting Martha Toothaker at Opportunities Alternative Ed, 594-1209, during school hours.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.