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U.S. SCHOOLS URGED TO COPY UTAH PROJECTS

Magna's Cyprus High School and Roy's Municipal Elementary School are among 79 schools nationwide with anti-drug programs that others should copy, the U.S. Education Department says.

It just released a book, "Success Stories '94: A Guide to Safe, Disciplined & Drug-Free Schools," for educators who want to start such programs - and Cyprus and Municipal are among the schools the Education Department urges them to contact and copy.The book quotes Cyprus Principal William Christopulos saying programs at his school seek to show teens that "choosing a no-use lifestyle is the way to go."

He said helping that is the school's Renaissance Program, which seeks to open students' eyes to a world of opportunities in life when they're healthy and drug-free.

Members take trips - sponsored by local community groups - to the ballet, local theaters and professional sporting events. Christopulos, the book says, reports such events "support and motivate new learning and strength-en students' decision to refuse drugs."

The book also quotes Christopulos saying, "The first goal in a drug-free program is to insist on a safe school environment where teachers can teach and students can learn. If the school isn't conducive to learning, the effort will fail."

The book also quotes Municipal Elementary Principal Sheron Chris-ten-sen saying, "Our children are our most valuable resource. A focused, consistent, discipline program based on the Assertive Discipline model, supports our drug-free program."

Each of the schools mentioned in the book has been honored by the Education Department's Drug-Free School Recognition Program.

Education Secretary Richard W. Riley said, in urging other schools to copy successful programs, "We must focus our efforts on strategies that support academic achieve-ment and those that support drug-free and violence-free behavior."

He added, "Schools should not face this challenge alone and must collaborate with community groups in finding solutions."

Free copies of the book are available by calling the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program at 1-800-624-0100.