The Schools and Youth Groups Crocus Project enables young people to plant crocuses and to learn about polio eradication.

Rotary Schools Crocus Project

Orders for planting in 2016 should be placed by 30th September 2016. The website is at the foot of this page. Orders have closed for this year.

The initiative is designed to educate young people about the devastating disease of polio and how Rotary is working to eradicate it from the world.

The purple crocus is the symbol adopted by Rotary worldwide to promote the End Polio Now Campaign. The project has been developed by the Rotary Crocus Campaign and RIBI Youth Service Committee specifically for children aged 4-11 years

Since it started in 2013 over 400 Schools and Youth Groups all over the country have been given Grow Your Own Crocus kits sponsored by their local Rotary Club. 10,000 children have planted their own pots of crocuses, designed their own pot labels and learned about the End Polio Now Campaign and Rotary's pivotal role in it. Many children go on to raise funds for End Polio Now.

To take part this year all you need to do is contact locals schools and youth groups such as cubs and brownies.

During October, Grow Your Own kits will be sent to schools and youth groups. Each kit is designed for 30 children and contains approximately 270 crocus bulbs (around 9 per pot), 30 pots, compressed compost, planting instructions, pot labels and educational materials. The cost per kit is £60.

This is an ideal way for Rotary Clubs and schools to work together to engage with children, youth groups and parents. 

Full details of the project can be found at http://www.rotarycrocus.com/schools/

And click here for a link to a Rotary GBI page with briefing notes for Rotarians.

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