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Do 'TREP$ Keep their Businesses Running?                                       December 2011 

Quick Note:  Look!  There are two TREP$ Marktplaces tonight!! 

Dear Friends,

We hope this newsletter finds you well.  We have been enjoying this season, frequenting as many TREP$ Marketplaces and community craft fairs as we can- shopping for gifts!!

...And then it happened. 

Bookmarks by TommyWe started recognizing kids who we had "spotlighted" as TREP$ in our newsletters... turning up as vendors at area craft fairs!  We ran into Tommy, owner of Bookmarks by Tommy, who wrote an article for us last year.  Tommy filled us in that over the last year he has sold his very professional looking bookmarks at several vendor markets quite successfully!

We also ran into Abby MacQueen, of AbbyLoo Jewelry, who participated in three TREP$ Marketplaces, year after year.  Now Abby is in high school and was a vendor, marketing the line of jewelry she continues to add to, at a Christmas Marketplace for local shoppers. 

These are just two of the stories we have heard recently of 'TREP$ continuing their businesses, continuing the learning, the problem solving and the creative and practical pursuit of success.  We were very excited to hear their stories, so please keep us updated with yours!

Warmest regards, 

Pamela and Hayley


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Meet Sarah and Kaitlyn, Makers of fine Duct Tape Products.


My name is Sarah and I am 12 years old from Macopin Middle School. I have done TREP$ for the past two years in Elemantary school. So this year I knew that I wanted to do TREP$ but I had no clue what to do. Kaitlyn and I sit next to each other in Science and we knew each other previous to Macopin. She also knew that she wanted to do TREP$ so I asked her what she was thinking of making and she said that she thinking about making stuff out of duct tape. I thought that was a good idea, and since we both didn't want any competiton, we decided to work together. We both already knew how to make a tons of stuff out of duct tape, so we each narrowed it down to two things each that we were really good at making and started making our products even before TREP$ started! As soon as we each got the permission slip for TREP$, we both signed up in a heartbeat.

         We were fine with making the products before the due date, our main problem was pricing. So, we serveyed our relatives and classmates for our prices and got really good feedback.

           Before the marketplace, Kaitlyn and I decided to advertise around the school for the first few days, and I had brought in some of the bows to show Kaitlyn the bow designs, and the guy who sits in front of me for Science, wanted one and bought one off of me right on the spot. It didn't take long for the other guys to notice and want one, so that night I had to go home and make 10 more bows just for the guys in my Science class!

           At the Marketplace, we completely sold out of wallets and flowers, but he big sellers were the bows. I had made about 40 bows and at the end of the Marketplace only 3 bows were left. All the same people kept coming back repeatedly. Kaitlyn had only 2 purses left, but that was all that was left by the end of the Marketplace. After we paid our parents back for supplies and seed money, we each made $56. So now our big joke is "what are we gonna do with all the money? BUY DUCT TAPE!"


Meet Morgan and Krystal, of Bakery Makery

Our names are Morgan and Krystal.  We are 6th graders at Marshall Hill School.   We are also the owners of "Bakery, Makery with Morgan and Krystal".   


We decided on our business name because of our products. They are whoopie pies and Oreo pops for the "Bakery" part, and bear ornaments for the "Makery" part. It was Morgan 's  first time doing TREP$ and Krystal's second time doing it ,but her first time doing it with a partner.


We decided to do the bears because we live in a bear county and Krystal's mom knows how to sew and offered to teach us. We hand sewed the bear ornaments. We made black and white bears so people could have a choice.   People kept saying that the bears ornaments looked so amazing and asked if they were handed sewn. It took a lot of time to do the bears but we finally got them done.     

Our food products included whoopie pies (chocolate cakes with vanilla in the middle of them) and Oreo pops (Oreos dipped in chocolate) which had designs on them and had different favors of chocolate.   We decided  to do whoopie pies and Oreo pops because they were unique and different. Also we thought they would sell and we were right!  They sold really well. At the Marketplace, people kept saying they love whoopie pies, so they just had to buy one! We guess it was too tempting to say no. People said the Oreo Pops looked cute with the designs on them like smiley faces and snowflakes.


It was hard to set our prices.  We sold the ornaments for $2.00 each. At first we were afraid that we priced our ornaments too high but we then saw other people priced theirs that high too so we kept it that price. For the Whoopie Pies we priced them at $2.00 each because it took some time and money to make them and for the Oreo pops we made them $1.50 because they took time and money but still they were small.   


In the end we made $110.  So we guest a lot of people liked our ornaments and our food products. We had a good time at TREP$ because people bought from us and it made us happy they liked our products.


The most fun part of this experience was working a business with your best friend. We're really hoping that they will remember our business: Bakery Makery with Morgan and Krystal.   





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
Is in Full Swing!

Join us at one of the many

Upcoming Marketplaces!!  


Wednesday, December 7, 2011 
White Rock School 
Jefferson, NJ 


Wednesday, December 7, 2011 
Upper Greenwood Lake School 
Hewitt, NJ 


Friday, December 9, 2011


Maple Road School

West Milford, NJ


December 21, 2011

6:00-8:00 pm

Bragg School 

Chester, 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 Sarah ad Kaitlyn
Meet Morgan and Krystal
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

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TREP$ Schools

    Welcoming our newest School...
Alpine School  
Sparta, NJ

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