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12-16 in Columbus, Ohio for the annual forum organized by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education. It's extraordinary. The workshops, the round-tables, the speakers are ALL so great- so knowledgeable, thought provoking and inspirational. Get your professional development and have fun all in one place! Be sure to tell us you're coming! Click here to open up the forum page. You'll need to scroll down to get to the important info (like the scholarships!)
Welcome to our
Our Lady of Consolation
St Paul, MN
Cedar Hill School
Oxford Central School
Schuyler Colfax School
Frankford Twp School
Mount Pleasant Middle School
Sussex Avenue School
Clarke County School District
Golden Hill Elementary
Jawahir Al Riyadh Int'l School
Future Window Int'l School
Al Ghad School
Mountain Lakes, NJ
Ridgewood Ave School
Glen Ridge, NJ
Richard Butler Middle School
West Hall Middle School
Gilmour Academy Lower School
Gates Mills, OH
King Khaled Int'l School,
The Star School,
Lecole Soleil Levant,
New Brunswick, Canada
Tumeh Family Home School
Al Yasmin Int'l,
Yara Int'l School,
Cobb Cnty District,
Cobb Cty, GA
New MiddleEast Int'l,
White Rock School,
West Milford, NJ
Green Hills School,
Maple Road School,
West Milford, NJ
West Milford, NJ
West Nyack, NY
Hasbrouck Hts, NJ
Walter T Bergen MS,
Oak Ridge, NJ
What would you think kids would say about their experience in TREP$? We talk to kids all the time at the marketplaces, but it's always different to see what comes to their minds when asked the questions on paper, anonymously!
So this year we threw together a short survey to get some feedback from the kids. At first, reading survey after survey with the kids talking about how much work it was, how hard, and serious... we were a bit nervous that perhaps it was too much for them. But when we read on... invariably they said they would recommend it to a friend because it was so much fun. How incredible that in the same survey they report that something was really hard for them and took a lot of effort, yet was rewarding and fun. What a great lesson they learned.
If you would like the complete results of our informal survey or a copy to use yourself, just let us know
We hope you caught the TV program, Classroom Closeup last month, when it featured TREP$ at Walter T Bergen School in Bloomingdale, NJ. We are hoping to get a link to the episode on our website soon.
Please consider joining us in Ohio this November- It's every bit as good as we say it is- See the reminder on the left side-bar.
The next newsletter you will receive will be in September after the summer break. But we're still around if you would like help in anyway. Please remember, we are always just an email away.
Is TREP$ at YOUR School Yet?
Let Us Help You.For those of you who read this newsletter every month thinking, "This program is really great for the kids; I wish our school had it..." We really want to help. Summer is actually a GREAT time to get the ball rolling. Principals are usually more free to meet... schedules a little less structured. So shoot us an email and let's work together to make it happen at your school!
Look Who Made it into Future CEO Stars Magazine!!
Abby, of Abbey Loo Jewelry
Abby, a 7th grader at Walter T Bergen School tells her story about her growing jewelry business on pages 6-7.
Click hereto view the magazine
Look on pages 8-9 to read about Rachel and Kelly's experiences creating "hide-a-key" rocks for their TREP$ Marketplace at Westbrook School.
Rachel and Kelly, of Roc-Keys
Click here to view the magazine
TREP$ Spotlight Kids
|When we attend marketplaces we ask
children with products we consider innovative to submit a write-up about
their experience. |
But we don't get to attend every
|If you know of a young entrepreneur who would like
to be a "Spotlight Kid," have them send their submission to
The young entrepreneurs pictured above are excellent examples of this program at work. Read their stories below.
Meet Tim, The Gumball Guy|
|Hello, my name is Tim and I am a 5th grader
at Paradise Knoll School. My idea for the TREP$ Marketplace was to make
miniature gumball machines. Instead of getting them from the store and
reselling them, I made my own with the help of my family.|
It all started out while I was watching TV with my Mom and Dad thinking of
ideas. We were comparing our ideas when my Mom said to my Dad, "Remember
those gumball machines you once made?" There, I was sure we had a winner.
first, on a Saturday, went to my dad's workshop. On the way we stopped at Home
Depot to get wood. Then when we got to his shop, he showed me different jigs
and fixtures for making the gumball machines like in factory mass production.
My dad showed me how to set up the machines and safely use them. With the
help of my brother, (I helped him when he did TREP$ two years ago) we first
made the dowels, then the sides, the bottoms, and then the tops.
Once the parts were all cut out, drilled and sanded, we
started assembling them. We first put the tops on the sides. Then we put the
acrylic sheets in. After that we put the middles and the bottoms in. Next, we
went to get a lot of gumballs. Finally, we put the gumballs in (gloves used).
We flipped the machine and put in the gumballs one by one.
When the day of the marketplace came, I dressed
professionally and practiced my sales pitch for my last time. I was hoping for
success, and it seemed I got it. I had a poster of how I made the machines. We
also sold refill bags of gumballs for $1.00. Many people came to see my stand
and thought it was the best there. I got my picture taken with the mayor while
she was cutting the ribbon, and made a total profit of $216.00. I learned a
whole lot in my TREP$ experience, so I can't wait to do it next year too!
Meet Melissa, of Melissa's Mini Meals|
|My name is Melissa and I am in the Fourth Grade at Cedar
Hill School in Montville, NJ. I was really excited when I first heard about the TREP$ program.
Since I want to be a chef when I grow up, I knew that I wanted to do something
that had to do with food.|
At first I was going to do a cook book. A few other
people had that idea too. Then my mom said that I could make a cookie cookbook
and have samples for people to try. She said she had recipes from her
grandmothers that have been in our family for a long time and maybe I should
make some of them. I kept thinking about what I really wanted to do.
Then I remembered that my mom made these cupcakes for my
sister's party that looked like hamburgers. She also made "french fries" from
sugar cookie dough. Everyone thought that they were so cute. Last year my mom
found a cook book with lots of fun cupcakes in it. She made the "chicken legs"
and "peas and carrots" for my sister's birthday because it is around April
Fool's day. I thought maybe I could make little meals, so I searched for one
more kind of meal. I saw these sushi rolls in a magazine made with cupcakes and
fruit roll ups and coconut. I thought they looked really cool. I came up with
the name Melissa's Mini Meals. I decided to sell each meal for $2 and I made 20
of each meal.
We got the groceries and I was happy that a lot of the
supplies that I needed were on sale. We got different plates from the dollar
store and the lady at the Chinese food restaurant let me buy 30 pairs of
chopsticks for $1.50 for the sushi plates. I colored the icings and the cookie
dough and made the white chocolate "chicken bones" a few days before the
marketplace. The day before, my mom baked the cupcakes and as soon as I
got home from school, I started decorating. I was a little scared that I
wouldn't get it all done in time, but once I started working, it was really fun
and it went fast. My mom helped with icing the "chicken legs" and the "cherry
pies" because they were really hard to do. The sushis were hard to wrap and
both my mom and dad helped me. Then my dad practiced counting change with me so
I could do it at the market place.
I was excited and nervous when the market place started,
but then I felt more comfortable after a little while.
Almost everyone that came to my table said that my meals
were cute. I liked when they would tell the person behind them that they had to
come and see my cupcakes. I was really happy when the lady from TREPS came over
and gave me a compliment on how cute the cupcakes looked and what a great idea
she thought it was. I sold most of the meals during the first hour and I sold
out before the market place was over.
One of the toughest things was having to explain over and
over what the meals were made of. It was very noisy and I had to talk really
loud so they could hear me. Some people thought that they were made of
clay. The other thing was that if you want to sell a food product, you can't make
it until right before the market place or it won't be fresh. I worked really
hard the day before and by the time I was done my hands were hurting from icing
over 60 cupcakes.
I don't plan on making mini meals all the time to sell,
but I will do them for a party or another special occasion.
I had a lot of fun and I made $102.00 profit. I can't
wait to do it again next year.
Meet Aaron, Maker of "Soda Bottle" Glasses
|My name is
Aaron and I am in eighth grade and I go to school in Mountain Lakes, NJ. This is the first year our school offered
TREP$ and I'm glad I got the chance to try it. I really liked the idea of
making money and starting a business, but I was completely clueless on how to
I thought I
could sell eggs that my chickens lay, because we were going to be getting two
more, and we would be getting more than two dozen a week. Unfortunately, we
didn't end up getting any more chickens, so I had to think something up.
Then I saw
people selling cups made from soda bottles in a catalog. A while ago, mom had
bought a bottle cutter, and had been making cups exactly like them ever since.
In the catalog, the cups were selling for 40 dollars for a set of four. I
thought that was a lot of money, since the bottle cutter was barely $10. I
asked mom if she could help me. So she cut the bottles, and I ground them down
so the edges were smooth enough to drink from.
Dad is in
business, so he gave me lots of good advice. Then I decided to set the price to
be $20 for a set of four instead of $40, and that I would donate 10% of the
profits to the WWF.
At the marketplace, I did really well, and made about 100 dollars immediately.
I also got about 150 dollars in orders, and there are more people who want to
buy them, and I am going to give them order forms too. The next day I went to
school, a lot of the teachers commented on how they had heard about what I was
selling, and that they like the idea, or that they wished they had bought more