It's All About THE KIDS....
Dear Friends,

There's so much going on in this newsletter. 
  • We have a new contest to help your school win an extra large TREP$ banner!   
  • Google is giving away 30K for college!   
  • There's a new museum in NYC that offers the fun side of Math! 

AND... We have been attending as many marketplaces as we can.  When we find a young entrepreneur doing something especially innovative, we extend an offer for them to write about their experience.  Below are some great TREP$ stories written by the young entrepreneurs themselves!


You're going to love this!!!  We have created a new contest that can win your school a gorgeous TREP$ banner to hang at your marketplace while helping more people learn about the TREP$ Facebook Page and all that it has to offer. 

So here's the contest:  You request a 24 hour period (of your choosing) for your school's contest.  In that 24 hour period, your school gets credit for every "like" that the TREP$ Facebook Page gets.  We will prepare a graphic with something like "Help Haynesville Win!" with instructions of how everyone can help. 

Let us know what 24 hour period you would like!
How Can We
Make OUR Facebook Page  
YOUR Favorite Facebook Page?

We work very hard to fill our Facebook Page with great articles and photos from every marketplace we attend.  We really want the page to become a forum where our parents and teachers can seek feedback about their ideas, and seek ideas to overcome their obstacles.   

Help Us Make This Happen!  Visit the page often, and post your comments and questions on our timeline! 
It's YOUR Page.

Do We Hinder Learning Opportunities?
As we walk around the TREP$ Marketplaces we are sometimes notice parents behind the tables with the young entrepreneurs.  Although their intentions are always good, they are missing an opportunity for their children to stand on their own and test their skills.  If their skills fall short, they will need to learn fast, and they will-- if they get that chance.  This article by Tim Elmore really hit home for us. 

Here are some great lines from this article:
..."Children of risk-averse parents have lower test scores and are slightly less likely to attend college than offspring of parents with more tolerant attitudes toward risk,"
...Adults continue to vote to remove playground equipment from parks so kids won't have accidents; to request teachers stop using red ink as they grade papers and even cease from using the word "no" in class. It's all too negative. I'm sorry-but while I understand the intent to protect students, we are failing miserably at preparing them for a world that will not be risk-free.
Click here to read this very interesting article.


March 2013
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In This Issue
Win a TREP$ Banner
TREP$ Facebook Page
How NOT to Hinder
Doodle 4 Google Contest
Meet Armaan and Liam
Meet Stephanie
Meet Olivia
Meet Travis
What are you planning for Spring Break?

Here's a kid friendly, hands-on experience that will be fun and good for your family!

Mathematics illuminates the patterns that abound in our world. The National Museum of Mathematics strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics. Its dynamic exhibits and programs will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. The museum's activities will lead a broad and diverse audience to understand the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics. - Click here to learn more

Doodle 4 Google!
Anyone interested in $30,000 for college?

Doodle 4 Google is an annual program that invites K-12 students in the United States to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign our homepage logo for millions to see.

This year, we ask students to exercise their creative imaginations around the theme, "My Best Day Ever..." One talented student artist will see their artwork appear on the Google homepage, receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and a $50,000 technology grant for their school along with some other cool prizes! 


Click here for more info.  


Meet Armaan and Liam, of Light it Up


My name is Armaan. My friend Liam and I participated in TREP$ at Ridgewood Avenue School. TREP$ is a fun learning experience where you go to classes every Friday and learn about selling things, pricing things, and how to make your product. Then, when all the classes are over, you go to the TREPS$ marketplace and sell what you created. You can create anything such as candy, food, toys, or jewelry. You can even create your own service such as mowing lawns, shoveling snow, and raking leaves. After TREP$ you'll come away with some cash. 


It took me a while to decide what to sell but then my dad's colleague had made glow sticks before and thought we should do it. So I looked into it and we really liked the idea because they were not regular glow sticks. They last 3 times longer and are 5 times brighter than regular glow sticks. So we decided to sell glow sticks at the TREP$ marketplace.


With my dad being a scientist he helped us make the GLOW STICKS. We made 85 GLOW STICKS in total. The GLOW STICKS are unique because the main ingredient is only found in China. My mom taught Liam and I how to sell and market our business.


At TREP$ we set up a black backboard to show our posters and slogan. Additionally, we had a black bag and we put some activated GLOW STICKS to show off how bright they were.


We sold our GLOW STICKS for $ 1.50 but in the end we had some left, therefore, we started selling them for $ 1.00 each. With 2 minutes left we decided to sell 2 glow sticks for $1 in order to sell out. In the end, we made a 40% profit.


I had a good time talking with people and explaining details about the product. Liam and I focused very hard on selling at the Marketplace. I am very proud of myself for accomplishing my goal.

Meet $tephanie, of Lot$ of Luck Jewelry.


My name is $tephanie.  I am 11 years old from Apshawa Elementary School.  The idea I used for Treps was Lot$ of Luck Jewelry.  The way I got my idea, was brainstorming with my family.  In the past I put a hole in a quarter and put it on a necklace.  So my Dad said what if we put a hole in a penny instead of a quarter, because pennies are good luck.  I thought that was a good idea so we used it.  With the help of my Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and parents we made 23 anklets and 68 lucky necklaces.


When it was the night of TREP$, I was excited and scared.  I didn't know what was going to happen, if I was going to sell out or not.  But I sold out before the end of the night!  I was so happy, so was my cousin Danny who helped me a lot during the event.


The profit I made was $70.00.  I was so proud of myself.  When I went to school the next day everyone was wearing a necklace.  The people who weren't wearing a necklace asked me to make them one. When they got the necklace, they were happy. If I can keep doing Lot$ of Luck Jewelry in the future I will.


Meet Olivia, of 'Take a Pouch'


My name is Olivia. This year was my second year in the TREP$ program. Last year I sold hand-made stationary, and I called my business Take Note. This year I decided to sew fabric and leather change purses, so to carry on that original name I called my product Take-A-Pouch.   


I recently learned to sew and I got a sewing machine for Christmas.  I also got a lot of beautiful fabrics, so I decided to put them to good use by making pouches!  A good friend of my mother's who is a very good seamstress was excited by my plan, so she donated samples of leather for me to use, and she helped me make my template.  Because I used pretty materials as well as leather, I was able to appeal to both girls and boys.


The hardest part for me was how to make closures for the pouches and I experimented with velcro and buttons.  But what ended up being the best was using snaps.  I had to purchase snaps and this ended up being my only expense, since the fabric and leather were free!  I also got a lot of great use out of my new sewing machine!  I ended up spending $16.75 for the snaps, and I made $63 the night of TREP$, so my profit was $46.25!


I also took orders and I'm not sure if I would do that again, if I could do it over.  After spending a lot of time making my product for marketplace, I was kind of tired making my pouches, but still had to make more after, so that was not the best plan for me.  But these were the best of my pouches, because I got pretty good making them in the end.  People were so nice, and my friends all came, even if they were not selling anything at TREP$.  I was really nervous before TREP$, which is funny because I did it last year.  I think this was because I was selling something new, and I wasn't sure if people would like them.  I set my prices at $2 and $4, and I only had a few left over, which I will be giving as presents to my grandparents!


I sometimes think that I would like to be a fashion designer when I get older, and this was good practice and I learned a lot about my sewing machine! 



Meet Travis of Launch Me Catapults


My name is Travis and I am a 12 year old from Lounsberry Hollow middle school. I knew right from the start I wanted to make a PVC marshmallow shooter of some type. I didn't want to make any plain marshmallow blowgun because someone made it just a year ago and I wanted it to be original.


I talked to my dad to see if we can build a catapult. So we looked for plans online and found none. So I drew some designs and figured out that I wanted to make a handheld catapult. We went to Home Depot and bought what we thought we needed. It took us a week and cutting a lot of PVC pieces to come up with a design we liked. When we tried to shoot it the grip collapsed and we saw the design we finally liked, a table top design.


Next we had to figure out how much it costs to make and how much profit we wanted to make. I decided on $8 catapult. In which gave me a small profit but I didn't want to over price it. To my surprise I sold out within the hour. I even took orders for 2 more.


When people came up to my table they told me that's really cool how do you use them. That made me feel great because I put a lot of work into these.  I had the most fun drilling the holes in the pipes and using the power tools. I had a lot of fun but the repetitive speeches got a little old, but showing everybody how to use it was a blast! I had fun building the catapults but I think I'm retiring from the catapult business. I did make $72.00 profit so you never Know I might just make them again.

Pamela deWaal and Hayley Romano