President Bush honored Wasatch Elementary in Salt Lake City as one of 221 "Blue Ribbon Schools" on Monday as he renewed the call for excellence in American schools.

Principal Corrine Hill was among other award winners on the White House South Lawn to hear the president praise their schools for achievement in mathematics and reading and for meeting community goals and student needs."You all have something important in common - your success in achievement, ideals to which other schools across the breadth of this nation have looked to for inspiration," Bush said.

Winning schools included 180 public and 41 private schools located in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and West Germany.

"We're here today not only to salute these individual schools but also to restate our commitment as a nation to education," Bush said.

He unveiled a poster listing national educational goals for the year 2000 that will be sent to every school in the nation. The goals include: having all children start school ready to learn; achieving a 90 percent high school graduation rate; making American students first in the world in science and math; assuring that every adult can read; and making sure all schools are safe, disciplined and drug-free.

"Today I issue a challenge to every American to join us, step forward in your way to respond to one of the most crucial issues that we face."