How do you learn best?                                                                     November 2011 

Dear Friends,

How many kids, do you imagine, learn the ins and outs of their cell phones by reading the manual that comes in the box?  Not many I would guess.  Kids, and let's face it- most adults, would rather just experiment and learn as they go.  Most of us learn best, by doing.

TEDIn a Studio School, you learn in a place where education has "been turned on its head", as described by Geoff Mulgan.  In a recent TEDtalk Mr. Mulgan gives a short introduction to the Studio School, a new kind of school in the UK where small teams of kids learn by working on projects that are, as Mulgan puts it, "for real."  They started with just two of these publicly-funded but privately-run schools. In the pilot schools the students' standardized test scores jumped dramatically so they now have 10 schools and next year they will be up to 35. Click here to watch the TEDtalk.

We've all seen it happen first hand!  Putting the REAL experience of small business ownership in a child's hands allows them to learn math, writing, interpersonal skills, decision making,  analysis, and the importance of reflection- to name a few.  Thank you for your part of making this important experience happen for the kids.

 Thanks so much for all you do,



Pamela and Hayley


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Meet Joe of "Walk This Way"
walk this way

My name is Joe and I am a 12 year old at Westbrook elementary school. My decision for TREPS came easy. I was on vacation in Hershey Park. We visited Lancaster to go into some of the stores. In one of the stores there were walking sticks that said "Lancaster" on it. I thought that was a great idea and made some changes. I put "West Milford" on mine and a leather strap on the end.

            I named my business "Walk This Way." First I went into the woods and found some big sticks. I took them to my back yard and cut them into smaller pieces. Then I took it to my grandpa's house where he helped me a lot. First we shaved off a part of the stick to put "West Milford" on it. Then we cut a hole for the leather strap. After that I smoothed the top of the stick. Then we brought the sticks and put the leather straps on. Here is where we had a problem; we didn't know what to engrave  the words "West Milford" with. We tried carving but that didn't work. Then we tried a burning pencil. That finally worked. My grandpa had to do most of that because the pencil was really hot. It was fun to work with my grandpa because he is good with wood and I like to do projects like this with him.

            I priced my sticks at $5.00. I also made custom walking sticks; those were $7.00. A custom made stick is a stick you can put anything you want on instead of West Milford. I think my price was great because I made $115 dollars and a full profit. People at the marketplace were saying how they loved my sticks and they were so creative.  I thought it was a great product for me to do because my family loves to go hiking. I had so much fun making my walking sticks; hopefully I will get the opportunity to do this again.


Meet Shaelyn of "Krazy Krystal Kreations"
krazy krystal kreations

My name is Shaelyn. I am eleven years old and I go to Westbrook School in West Milford. When I heard about TREP$, I made a big list of things that I could make. I thought about it and in the end I tried making rock candy. My Dad and I got a bunch of recipes for rock candy off the internet. We chose two recipes to make. All of the recipes said the rock candy formed over about a week and had to dry in a cool place to form properly. It also had to be left alone and not touched or moved.


I made lots of different flavors like peppermint, cinnamon, strawberry. watermelon, lemon and strawberry-melon mix. Only one of the recipes worked. The other failed and came out crumbly, but it still tasted good. Since it tasted good, I named the candy from the failed recipe "rock candy rubble" and was still able to package it for sale.  I still managed to sell a good tasting product even if the texture did not come out right. I called the other candy "crystals". I also filled a few small cups with the tiny leftover pieces and sold them as candy rubble cups. We bagged the rubble and crystals and used different colored twist ties to tell the difference between similarly colored flavors like melon and strawberry/melon.  I priced my candy at $1.75, $1.25 and $1.00 and called my business Krazy Krystal Kreations.


A lot of people bought my candy. The candy cups sold out but there were less cups than rubble or crystals. I had lots of fun. Two girls liked the lemon candy so much that they came to my house the next day to buy some more. Next year I will try to make the candy again for TREP$ and hope to have both of my recipes succeed! Having one recipe fail taught me to be think creatively so I did not have to start all over but still managed to be able to sell what I made to some happy customers.






Use of the TREP$ name without our permission is illegal.  If you would like items with TREP$ on them please ask us and we will look into offering them.  This is how the aprons, calculators, banners and buttons became available.  To be fair to you, we make them VERY affordable.  Please be fair to us and respect our trademarked name.  (One exception- signage to publicize the marketplace.  Go For It!  Even though we offer banners, you have our permission to make signs to bring in a crowd!) 


For your TREP$ Team!
TREP$ Buttons


Thanks to a request from Carina in Cooperstown, we are now offering TREP$ Team Buttons for your Teachers and Parent Volunteers to wear at the Marketplace.  $20 for a dozen.

Click here to order, or request them when you order your workbooks and aprons.


We would like to thank the following organizations
for their ongoing support:
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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

Marketplace Season
Has Begun!

Join us at one of the many

Fall Marketplaces!!  


Monday, November 28, 2011


Lafayette School

Lafayette, NJ 


Thursday, December 1, 2011


Macopin Middle School

West Milford, NJ


Friday, December 2, 2011


Frankford School

Frankford, NJ


Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Lounsberry Hollow School

Vernon, NJ  


Friday, December 9, 2011


Maple Road School

West Milford, NJ 


 Be sure to send us your Marketplace submission
so that we can include it  

on our calendar!  

TREP$ Banners Now Available!

Due to popular demand, we've added TREP$ Banners to our line of products!  There are a few options.  This one is 2.5'x6' and fits beautifully into this inexpensive banner stand. 

Click here  to request more information on banners.


In This Issue
Meet Joe, of Walk this Way
Meet Shaelyn of Krazy Krystal Kreations
New to TREP$?
Upcoming Marketplaces
Quick Links
Schools with TREP$!
Join Our Mailing List
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
TREP$ Schools

    Welcoming our newest School...
Hasbrouck Hts Middle School

Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

Macopin MiddleSchool
West Milford, NJ

Memorial Middle School

Cedar Grove, NJ

 Maugham Elementary

Tenafly, NJ

 Smith Elementary

 Tenafly, NJ

 Stillman Elementary

 Tenafly, NJ

 Ryerson School

 Wayne, NJ

 St Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy

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