ANNUAL CONTEST "CROCUS SCHOOL"
The first session of a literary contest meant for all the pupils of the member and non-member schools of the Crocus system has been held in collaboration with the publisher Vannini, that produces together with Cospe the series of intercultural and linguistic materials “Hibiscus”.( http://www.vanninieditrice.it/libri/hibiscus.htm) Two subjects were proposed: non-native children could write a biographical story and all children, notwithstanding their origin, could write a story about a friendship in the multicultural society. The participants have been many from all over Italy and have submitted works having a remarkable literary and intercultural value.
The first winner will be awarded a small scholarship and the school attended will receive a free subscription to the Crocus system as well as teaching materials from the Hibiscus series. The other 19 winners will receive a gift of teaching materials offered by the publisher Vannini. The award winning ceremony will take place during a conference due to be held in Florence on the 21st of November 2002 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Palazzo della Signoria, with the support and sponsorship of the Municipality of Florence.
Two other days have been scheduled to present the Crocus system: the 11th November in Padua and the 20th of November in Prato.
All participants of the three presentation days will receive a free “Guide to Hibiscus intercultural tools” and a valid password to access the Crocus system for 15 days (the on-line section).
Given the success of the first session, the contest will become an annual appointment: the new call for proposals for the school year 2002 – 2003 will be on line after the above mentioned conference. 
 
The success of the Crocus  system has been covered also by the printed media:
Ø      The daily paper “L’Arena di Verona” has reported the text written by a boy who won the first prize of the contest “Crocus school”;
Ø      the book “La scuola multiculturale” (The multicultural school), written by Maria Omodeo, (published by Carocci Roma 2002), an entire chapter is devoted to the presentation of Crocus;
Ø      the proceedings of a series of courses including a description of Crocus are being published by the faculty of Pedagogy of Padua;
Ø      the Italian-Chinese monthly “Zhong Yi Bao” has reported the list of winners of the contest of the Crocus school and a description of the system. The front page headlines every month invite the readers to visit the demo site.