Schools Seek Grant to Fight Drug Use

The school district has applied for a $100,000 grant to continue a program that tries to prevent drug use by high school students.

The district received a similar grant last year from the California Office of Criminal Justice Planning. The money was used to provide students with drug counseling and create drug-prevention programs, said Nancy Colocino, project director for the Irvine Unified School District.

District officials now want the state to renew the grant so that the drug programs can continue.

The 1993 grant also helped the district fund counseling services for parents of "at-risk" teens as well as a community service program that enables students to volunteer their time to nonprofit groups.

"We think the community service makes them feel like a resource and makes them feel like part of the solution," Colocino said.

The school board approved the grant application at last week's meeting.

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