Three Utah schools have been recognized nationally for their drug prevention efforts.

Two schools in the Salt Lake School District - Highland High School and Rose Park Elementary School - and Pleasant Grove High School in the Alpine School District, are among 56 schools nationwide to be selected in the Drug Free School Recognition Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.The program spotlights schools with comprehensive drug-prevention programs.

Three representatives from each school will meet with President Bush in a Rose Garden ceremony in early June.

Carol Voorhees, substance abuse prevention specialist, Utah State Office of Education, said the three schools, which were among the six Utah nominees selected by the education office, were chosen after a panel of specialists spent two days visiting each school.

The prevention specialist emphasized that the recognition doesn't mean that each school is completely drug-free. The school is honored because it is working together with the community to become drug-free.