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”.( 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.