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Welcome to The Year of Innovation!
January 2011
Dear Friends,

2011 is the "Year of Innovation" for us at TREP$.  We know that you are looking for ways to help these aspiring young entrepreneurs create innovative and useful products.  We are going to do everything we can to help!  We've redesigned the back cover of the book with great tips of where to go for inspiration. 

The "Spotlight" submissions have been pouring in!  With these creative minds and the follow-through to get the job done, these kids are ones to watch!  We highlight a few each month in the newsletter and then added them to the site.  It's another great place for kids to look for inspiration and ideas.  Many 'treps have been featured in Future CEO Stars Magazine too!  Click the link on the sidebar to check it out!

Thanks so much for all you do,
Pamela and Hayley
email us

Upcoming Marketplaces

Come see the crowd,  hear the buzz,
listen to the sales-pitches, and feel the ENERGY!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 6:30-8:30
Ridgewood Avenue School Marketplace
-held at Glen Ridge High School, Glen Ridge, NJ

Saturday, February 12, 2011 12:00-2:00
Cooperstown Middle School, Cooperstown, NY

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:00-8:30
Schuyler Colfax Middle School, Wayne, NJ

Friday, February 25, 2011 6:30-8:30
Reverend Brown School, Sparta, NJ

Friday, March 4, 2011 6:30-8:30
Paradise Knoll School, Oak Ridge, NJ

Friday, March 4, 2011  7:00-9:00
Cedar Grove Middle School, Cedar Grove, NJ

Friday, March 11, 2011 6:30-8:30
JFK School, Wayne, NJ

Friday, March 11, 2011 7:00-9:00
Califon School, Califon, NJ

Thursday, March 24, 2011 6:30-8:30
Butler Middle School, Butler, NJ

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 6:30-8:30
Stillwater School, Stillwater, NJ

Saturday, April 30, 2011 4:00-6:00
Cedar Hill School, Towaco, NJ

Be sure to send us your Marketplace submission
so that we can include it on our calendar!


Thank You

The New Year is always a good time to reflect on where you are-
and consider your goals for the year. 
We at TREP$ are so happy that the program has reached so many children.  When we started the program for the students at our own children's school, we had no idea that thousands of kids would someday call themselves 'treps.  How wonderful.  Thank you for all your support in spreading the word about this program.

Meet Michael, of "Michael's Magnets"


Hi.  My name is Michael.  I am a 9 year old boy from Ryerson Elementary School. I am the owner of Michael's Magnets.  When I started TREP$ I tried to think of all the things I like to do.  My favorite thing is climbing rocks.  So I thought about doing something with rocks.  But what? 

Click Here to read more.

Meet Will and Cory of "VAIN"
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Hi.  This is Will & Cory.  We made T-Shirts for our TREP$ Marketplace on Monday. We had a tough time with making them and also selling them. This is our story:

We first designed our T-Shirts on our computer. The first design was flaming letters that said "VAIN". But when we brought it to the printer guy, he said "sorry need to make an outline on it." That's when everything went downhill. We only had 2 weeks left. So we ran home jumped on the computer and started all over.

Click Here to read more.

Meet Victoria, Lindsey and Olivia, of "Eko Chicks"
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Our names our Victoria, Lindsey, and Olivia and we all go to Lounsberry Hollow Middle school in Vernon, N J.  It took us awhile to decide what we were going to do for the marketplace. First we wanted to do tye-dye T- shirts, but we then realized that it would cost a lot of money and we wouldn't have much profit when it was all said and done. So we tried to think of a product that would require minimal expenses.  Then it came to us, recycled items! They don't cost any money and they help the world at the same time!          

So, we thought this was a great idea and decided to go along with it. We made chip bag wallets, rings, and purses.

Click here to read more. 

Meet Steven, of "Rock Frontier"
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My name is Steven and I'm a 12 year old student from Lounsberry Hollow Middle School. At first, I did not know what to make for the TREP$ Marketplace. Then it hit me: why don't I sell the music that I have been making for a few years. About 2 years ago, I discovered a program that could allow me to record and mix music tracks. I ran with the idea and made a song.


Click Here to read more.

New to TREP$?
With the mission of empowering each child with an entrepreneurial mindset, TREP$ is working to improve the futures of today's youth.

TREP$ (short for enTREPreneurS), is an after-school program in which children in grades 4-8 are taught everything they need to know to start their own businesses in about 6 weeks. The program ends with a large scale flea-market style event called The TREP$ Marketplace, giving the new entrepreneurs the opportunity to launch their businesses, selling real products to real customers for real money! Talk about a motivating experience.

Winner of NJPTA'S Champion for Children Award, TREP$ is helping many schools around the world teach important skills while engaging and motivating the children.  The program has been featured on NJN's Classroom Close-Up as well as ASCD's Education Update.

Link to TREP$ Website
Link to Classroom Close-Up
Link to Education Update

Fun Contest for Kids

What is the Rubber Band Contest?

Are you ready to stretch your imagination? The Akron Global Polymer Academy of The University of Akron is hosting the third annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors to encourage students in grades 5-8 to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by creating an invention that incorporates the use of rubber bands. There will be two separate divisions of competition - Arts & Leisure and Science & Engineering. Four finalists will be brought to Akron, Ohio, where the first place winner and runner-up in each division, will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 14, 2011. The first place winner in each division will receive a $1,000 savings bond, while the runner-up in each division will receive a $500 savings bond*, respectively. The top 8 semi-finalists who are not chosen as finalists will each receive a $50 gift card. The top four schools with the most entries will each receive a $250 donation.
February 16, 2011 - Entry Deadline
Click here for more information.
Sponsored by: The University of Akron, The Akron Polymer Training Center and Rubber Division, ACS

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If you are already a part of our TREP$ family of schools, you know you can count on us.  We are also counting on you- to spread the word and tell people at other schools about your experiences with the program. 
In This Issue
Upcoming Marketplaces
Meet Michael
Meet Will and Cory
Meet Victoria, Lindsey and Olivia
Meet Steven
New to TREP$?
Rubber Band Contest
Facebook Group
Quick Links
Must See Video
TV Interview with Ben Lang
Watch a video about TREP$

Visit our Website

Read Newspaper Articles about TREP$ Schools

Ask Us a Question

Order TREP$ for your school

Future CEO Stars Magazine
Incredible Inspirational Video
GRASSHOPPER VIDEO IMAGEChange. We need it, right?
But where do we start?
With entrepreneurs.

are changing the world,
one small business at a time.
This is an AMAZING video
Watch It.
Join the entrepreneur movement. Stimulate the economy.
Spread the word.
Original music by Carly Comando. Written & Produced by Sonja Jacob.

NEW 2011

It's time to start thinking

about what you are going to do to
CELEBRATE National Entrepreneurship

Tell us what you are doing and we will include it in our newsletter!

Click here to go to the National Entrepreneurship Week Website.  You can submit your event to be posted on your page designated for your state!
We would like to thank the following organizations for their ongoing support:

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Cooking Up Success, by 'trep Melissa Kozel
MelissaThis month's issue of  Future CEO Stars Magazine features Melissa, who participated in TREP$ at Cedar Hill School, Montville Township, NJ.

Click here to be directed to the magazine, and turn to page 7.

Ben Lang's Successful eBay Business At Age 14 - Channel 12

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Click here to watch a video interview of 14 year old Ben Lang who created an online business selling other people's unwanted goods on ebay and made himself $4,000 to date.  
TREP$ Schools
Cedar Grove MS 
Cedar Grove, NJ
Maugham Elementary
Tenafly, NJ
Smith Elementary
Tenafly, NJ
Stillman Elementary
Tenafly, NJ
Ryerson School
Wayne, NJ
Our Lady of Consolation
Wayne, NJ
Youth Express
St Paul, MN
Cedar Hill School
Towaco, NJ
Califon School
Califon, NJ
Oxford Central School
Oxford, NJ
Schuyler Colfax School
Wayne, NJ
Frankford Twp School
Frankford, NJ
Sussex Avenue School
Morristown, NJ
Clarke County School District
Atlanta, GA
Golden Hill Elementary
Florida, NY
Jawahir Al Riyadh Int'l School 
Riyadh, SA
Future Window Int'l School
Riyadh, SA
Al Ghad School
Riyadh, SA
Wilson School
Mountain Lakes, NJ
Edgemont School
Montclair, NJ
Ridgewood Ave School
Glen Ridge, NJ
Richard Butler Middle School
Butler NJ
West Hall Middle School
Oakwood, GA 
Gilmour Academy Lower School
Gates Mills, OH
Kingdom School
Riyadh, SA
Najd School
Riyadh, SA
King Khaled Int'l School,
Riyadh, SA
The Star School,
Flagstaff, Arizona
Lecole Soleil Levant,
New Brunswick, Canada
Mackay Elementary,
Tenafly, NJ
Tumeh Family Home School
Bluff, UT
Cooperstown MS,
Cooperstown, NY
JFK Elementary,
Wayne, NJ
Lounsberry Hollow,
Vernon, NJ
UGL School,
Hewitt, NJ 
Al Yasmin Int'l,
Riyadh, SA 
Yara Int'l School,
Riyadh, SA
Cobb Cnty District,
Cobb Cty, GA
New MiddleEast Int'l,
Riyadh, SA 
Fredon School,
Fredon, NJ 
Reverend Brown,
Sparta, NJ
White Rock School,
Jefferson, NJ 
Lafayette School,
Lafayette, NJ 
Stillwater School,
Stillwater, NJ 
Marshall Hill,
West Milford, NJ
Green Hills School,
Green, NJ 
Maple Road School,
West Milford, NJ 
Westbrook School,
West Milford, NJ 
Haledon School,
Haledon, NJ
Birchwood School,
West Nyack, NY 
Euclid School,
Hasbrouck Hts, NJ 
Holy Spirit,
Pequannock, NJ 
McKeown School,
Hampton, NJ 
Walter T Bergen MS,
Bloomingdale, NJ 
Paradise Knoll,
Oak Ridge, NJ