Months of effort paid off recently for Salt Lake City's Lincoln Elementary School when it was cited in the national Drug-Free Schools Recognition Program.

Lincoln, 1090 Roberta St., is in the Salt Lake School District.Principal Sherianne Cotterell, teacher Christy Clark and student Brandon Toone, who represented all of the kindergarten through sixth graders at the school, were in Washington D.C. to accept the honor.

The U.S. Department of Education hosted all of the schools across the country that have been designated drug-free. In Utah, Lincoln and Orem High School received the 1993 recognition.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, also commended the Utah school for its efforts to protect young students from the ravages of drug abuse. Lincoln, an inner-city school, has pushed a comprehensive program to discourage drug use. The plan includes strong citizenship requirements for every student, a schoolwide, consistent discipline code, cooperation with other agencies, positive reinforcement and intense family involvement.

Cotterell has won recognition from several sources for her efforts to curb drug abuse and gang involvement.