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Celebrating National Entrepreneurship Week, all month!
February 2011
hayley and pamelaDear Friends,

Happy National Entrepreneurship Week!

Take advantage of the tie in to get some press for the program at your school!  You are all doing such a fine job implementing this program and giving your students the chance to show what they can do.  The public really does want to know about what you are doing and many will want to be involved once they do!

"Hats off!" to Carina who runs the TREP$ Committee at the middle school in Cooperstown NY where they have done an exemplary job of inviting in local businesses and organizations to get involved both through financial sponsorship and through volunteering! 

"Well Done!" to Irmine Hero and the rest of her wonderful committee at Ridgewood Avenue School in Glen Ridge NJ, who got some great press for their students on NJ.com!  We've included the article below for your convenience.  Look what Christine Heinecke said about our curriculum!  Thank You Christine!

Thanks so much for all you do,
Pamela and Hayley
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Straight from NJ.COM
'TREP$' Program Enters Its Second Year
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Glen Ridge Voice
of Glen Ridge Voice

GLEN RIDGE- Reports of economic recovery in the United States might be negligible at best.

But business was booming and consumer confidence was through the roof in the Glen Ridge High School cafeteria Tuesday night, as 81 students helped stage the second annual "TREP$ marketplace."


TREP$, stemming from the word "entrepreneur," is a month-long after-school program that teaches students the basics of marketing a product and running a small business.


The effort culminates with students selling their wares - ranging from polymer clay charms and glass jewelry to spice blends and macaroons - at the marketplace. Profits are theirs to keep.


"It's a wonderfully, wonderfully designed curriculum," said Christine Heinicke, who led this year's installment.


Edible items were among the most brisk sellers. At "Crazy 4 Cupcakes," fifth grader Sydney Collins, 10, started with 125 cupcakes (50 regular-sized; 75 miniature) in vanilla, chocolate and red velvet cake. Before the marketplace was through, her entire stock was wiped out, save for a few candies she sold on the side.


Meanwhile, fifth grader Timmy Kelleher, 10, led a roaring trade in home-bottled root beer, with customers lined two deep at a time. Kelleher found the recipe on the Internet, while the brother of a family friend allowed the Kellehers use of his capping machine to seal the bottles.


And sixth grader Chris Waldt, 11, offered homemade barbecue sauce and spice rub under the brand names "Bone Sauce" and "Ridge Rub," respectively. Next to the sauce bottles and spice canisters Waldt had an aluminum roasting pan filled with free samples: barbecued ribs slathered in sauce and slivers of spice-rubbed chicken.


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Meet Ryan of "Pebble Pals"
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My name is Ryan, and I am a 5th grade student from White Rock Elementary School.  When I heard about the TREP$ Marketplace, I knew I wanted in!             


I got my idea from a pet rock my mom had been given (made by her friend in Ireland).  With the help of my Enrichment teacher, Mrs. Ortense, I decided on the business name of Pebble-Pals.  At first, I was going to make them using three rocks, and brown and white hair.  Then my business plan changed dramatically!

We began searching for rocks in the woods, but we had no luck.  Then we even looked in a quarry.  Again, our efforts were largely fruitless.  We found some good rocks, but not nearly enough.  We found our rocks in the most surprising place...the Dollar Tree!  Then we began to assemble.

We had to change the type of glue we used countless times. We learned the glue needed to be strong and dry very quickly.  Finally, we found the one that worked the best!  We then had to change the plan from Pebble-Pals made of three rocks to Pebble-Pals made of just two rocks (due to the shortage of decent rocks).  We then experimented with different kinds of hair until we found the perfect type.  At that point, we changed from just two hair colors, to millions different colors!  

We all worked together to make the Pebble-Pals.  I chose the rocks, paired them together and then I painted on their faces.  My dad glued them together, and my mom then glued on the hair.  When we were all done, we had made 174 Pebble-Pals!

I think the most difficult part was pairing up the rocks and painting on their crazy expressions!  Putting on the hair came in a close 2nd.  We still have feathers from their hair popping up here and there!

Overall, I sold all of my 174 Pebble-Pals, and made a profit of $136.  Even though it was a lot of work, I have decided to continue my business, Pebble-Pals, at craft shows but with a different spin on them...personalization!  

TREP$ was a great experience!  Special thanks to Mrs. Ortense and all her helpers!  We cannot wait to make more Pebble-Pals!  =)  


Meet Josh, Maker of "Sock Snowmen"


Hi, I am Joshua. I go to the White Rock School, in Oak Ridge, N.J. I am in the fifth grade. It was my first time attending TREPS. We learned how to be a business person, and how to operate a small business. It was a hard challenge and fun at the same time. I enjoyed the workshops at school. We learned about making plans, how to advertise, and to not be afraid to speak to people. I made snowmen out of new men's socks. A great gift for the Holidays.

The snowmen where a challenge to make.  I had to stuff them with pebbles, stuffing, then tie off the head, make eyes, nose and buttons, two arms and mittens. My mom and grandmother helped me make 40, and I sold all of them for $5.00 each. My Aunt is a teacher at another school, I also sold 15 more there. I was very proud that I made something that people liked, and it made them happy to buy. I brought in $275.00, with a $232.66 profit.


Meet Kaya, of Kaya's Crafts


Hi my name is Kaya.   I am from White Rock Elementary School. My business is Kaya's Crafts. It didn't take me long to decide on the business because my mom already made something that I was sure would sell quick, she makes greeting cards and pens with beads inside. All I had to do was learn to make more professional cards and how to put colored beads in pens and I was ready to start.

A few weeks before the Marketplace I had a problem.  I'm never going to finish the pens in time.  That's what I thought would happen. I was wrong my mom helped so I would finish and I was ready just in time.
The most fun part of TREP$  was walking around seeing my extremely creative friends selling things and having a terrific time at the marketplace. Also being told my product was great. There were so many costumers you had trouble walking around in spots which I think helped all of the TREP$.

I am going to continue with my business since I have orders for pens. The eighty-eight pens I brought to the marketplace sold out, the cards didn't. In the end I sold 110 pens. I am ready to make more any day. I loved TREP$ and can't wait to go to another Marketplace. Someday I want to own a bigger business.

Meet Kara, Maker of Finger Knitted Scarves
Hello my name is Kara and I am 11 years old from White Rock Elementary School. At first I couldn't decide on what to make for TREP$. I was torn between friendship bracelets and finger knitting scarves. I asked my friends and my family which idea was better. Almost everyone said something like scarves are more useful and more of a need unlike friendship bracelets which have a more limited audience. I decided to do finger knitting scarves.

First, I made a scarf and realized that it was too thin. I thought that people wouldn't want a skinny, little scarf, they want a thick scarf. I finally decided to use a thicker yarn and braid three strands together to make a scarf. I also wanted to make headbands and bracelets using finger knitting. I used two different colors to make one scarf (except for a few that I made with all the same color).

It took me a little over an hour to make 1 scarf. It was good because I could do it while watching television or playing a game. I scattered my work so I didn't have to sit down and finger knit 15 scarves, 7 bracelets, and 5 headbands. I priced my scarves at $5.00, my bracelets at $0.50, and my headbands at $1.00. I got really worried because it was only a short week before the market place and I only had 11 scarves made. I sat down and made scarves all week. I only took a break to eat and sleep. I finally made 15 scarves, 7 bracelets, and 5 headbands. I sold 13 scarves, 4 bracelets, and 2 headbands.

A lot of people told me how cute the idea was. I was glad because many people gave me compliments. They were also eyeing them up before the market place even opened. I think that more people came by because I was finger knitting at the market place. I was worried that nobody would buy my scarves, but they did. I made a $38.50 profit. My favorite part was seeing how many people bought my product, and I hope that my business will continue. I handed out business cards and hope that people will place their orders.

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Come see the crowd,   

hear the buzz,

listen to the sales-pitches,  

and feel the ENERGY!   


Friday, February 25, 2011

Reverend Brown School,
Sparta, NJ

Friday, March 4, 2011

Paradise Knoll School,
Oak Ridge, NJ

Friday, March 4, 2011 

Cedar Grove Middle School,
Cedar Grove, NJ

Friday, March 11, 2011

JFK School, Wayne, NJ

Friday, March 11, 2011

Califon School, Califon, NJ

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Butler Middle School, Butler, NJ

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
tillwater School, Stillwater, NJ

Thursday, April 14, 2011 

Lounsberry Hollow School,
Vernon, NJ

Friday, April 15, 2011,

Walter T Bergen School, Bloomingdale, NJ

Saturday, April 30, 2011
edar Hill School, Towaco, NJ

Saturday, April 30, 2011 

Golden Hill School, Florida, NY

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so that we can include it on our calendar!
Great Example of a Community Supporting Its Schools!
memorial middle school

Wow!  Memorial Middle School in Cedar Grove is getting some wonderful support from their community. 


The Chamber of Commerce has been very involved- supporting and promoting the TREP$ program with donations from Investors Savings Bank, Cedar Grove Unico, Budd's Auto Body, Iraci Associates, Bill Osward of Interface Designs, Stephen L Ferguson, CPA, MJ Designs Unlimited, and AGL Welding Supply Company. 


How wonderful that so many individual companies saw the value that this program brings to the children of Cedar Grove, where about 150 middle school students are learning to become small business owners. 


Marketplace: Friday, March 4th 7-9pm


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

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