February 2009
Upcoming Marketplaces!!! 
TREP$ Marketplace
 February 27, 2009
Paradise Knoll School
Oak Ridge, NJ
April 3, 2009
Walter T Bergen School
Bloomingdale, NJ
April 3, 2009
Marshall Hill School
West Milford, NJ
April 8, 2009
Stillwater School
Stillwater, NJ
April 23, 2009
Westbrook School
West Milford, NJ
May 2009
Haledon Public School
Haledon, NJ
May 27, 2009
Euclid School
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
We would like to take the opportunity to
 Reverend Brown School
of Sparta, NJ
to our growing TREP$ family!
"One of the things I found most valuable about this program, was that it taught the kids life skills.  By the time they got to the Marketplace, they were proud of what they had accomplished, and confident to speak to their customers.  That kind of experience has lasting effects."  - Steve Wisniewski, principal

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Romano and deWaal

We hope you are enjoying the February edition of our TREP$ newsletter.  Thank you for forwarding this newsletter to those you feel it would benefit, and if it was forwarded to you, please use the link on the left sidebar to subscribe for future issues.
We hope to see you at one of the upcoming TREP$ Marketplaces.

Words to Ponder
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." Colin Powell
"People mix up entrepreneurship with risk-taking, ... An entrepreneur is a risk-minimizer, an opportunity seeker."  Peter Farrell
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 bannerNational Entrepreneurship Week!
February 21- 28 
According to House of Representatives Resolution 699:
"...students who participate in entrepreneurship education programs have better attendance records, perform better on core subjects, and have lower dropout rates than those who do not participate in these programs."
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) encourages the implementation of entrepreneurship education throughout the United States;
(2) supports the goals and ideals of National Entrepreneurship Week so that the people of the United States are reminded of the contributions of entrepreneurs and so that educators are encouraged to reflect on how entrepreneurship education can improve the performance of their students; and
(3) requests that the President issue a proclamation calling on the Federal Government, State and Local governments, schools, nonprofit organization, and others to observe National Entrepreneurship Week annually with special events in support of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship education programs.
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Helping children become more confident
P.deWaal and N.MerlinoI had the good fortune of meeting Nell Merlino, the founder of Count Me In, and hearing her speak at a Women Entrepreneurs' Conference in Newark, NJ last spring.  She said so many wonderful things.  One of my favorites was, "Confidence comes from Competence".  
I immediately thought of the children that participate in TREP$.  I was thinking about how as they learn to become competent individuals- understanding the process of taking their visions- through all the necessary steps until they stand at the TREP$ Marketplace wearing their TREP$ apron with all their products set out on the table before them... waiting for the doors to open so they can finally meet the public.  I was thinking how confident they are at that point in time.  How proud.  Her statement is so short but really brings it all home.  Confidence comes from Competence.
How can we expect our kids to be responsible, to step up, to be creative, cooperative, mature... How can we expect these things without giving them opportunities to practice as they are growing up?  Let's work together to help them become competent, confident young people who will lead our country in the future.
Philanthropic 'TREP$!
Michael G of Project Playground
At just about every TREP$ Marketplace, we see a few young entrepreneurs doing something very special.  These generous children have made the decision to donate the proceeds of their business to a charity.  What a powerful position they are in.  The money could buy them things they want, but they choose to give it to a cause that is close to their heart instead.  These kids certainly deserve a big pat on the back.  How about nominating them for "The Kohl's Kids Who Care" scholarship program that recognizes young volunteers? 

Through the Kohl's Kids Who Care scholarship program, Kohl's plans to award a total of over $350,000 in scholarships and prizes this year to  more than two thousand kids whose volunteer efforts have made a  positive impact on their communities. Creativity, initiative, generosity, leadership, and project reach will be evaluated during the judging process.
Each nominee must be nominated by someone 21 years of age or older.  Parents may nominate their own children.
More than two thousand store winners will each be awarded a $50 Kohl's Gift Card.  The 194 regional winners will each be awarded $1,000 scholarships toward their postsecondary education. Ten national winners will each be awarded $5,000 scholarships. In addition, Kohl's will contribute $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on behalf of each national winner.

The program will accept nominations from February 1 through March 15, 2009. Visit the Kohl's Corporation Web site for complete program materials (available in English and Spanish).
Spotlight on the Marketplace! 
TREP$ is unique because this exciting entrepreneurship program ends with an authentic assessment of the 21st Century Skills that the children have learned.  Come see for yourself...
Paradise Knoll School
103 Paradise Road
Oak Ridge, NJ 07435 
TREP$ Marketplace
Friday, February 27th
6:30-8:30 pm 

TREP$ creators, Romano and deWaal, facilitate the program themselves at Paradise Knoll as volunteers.
  • Come see the table set-up!
  • Come watch the official ribbon-cutting!
  • Come hear the welcome speech!
  • Come see the creative products!
  • Come hear the sales pitches!
  • Come listen to the kids and hear their stories!
  • Come talk to the parents and feel their pride! 

How can you MaKe iT hApPeN at your school? 

You choose!

  • Tell your principal that you think TREP$ would be a great addition to your school's offerings. Let us know to call your school and make an appointment to tell him/her all about the benefits of TREP$ and its ease of implementation! 
  • Tell your parent association- that you would like them to learn more about TREP$.  Let us know, and we will contact your president to schedule a short presentation at one of the monthly meetings.