October 2015
Dear Friends, 
How do you define student success?  My definition has broadened considerably in recent years.  Here's why.

I don't HAVE to, but I attend all the TREP$ Marketplaces that I possibly can.  I LOVE to see kids launching businesses with products they made with their own hands.   It's extraordinary. 

It sounds simplistic, but they all reach success in one way or another.  Some find success in being treated like an adult.  Some find it in the money they earn.  Some in the expression on other people's faces as they approach their table.  They knew they would need to be creative and decisive to start their businesses.  They didn't expect to have to work so hard.  That brings it's own feeling of accomplishment.  The atmosphere of success in that room is just exhilarating and that's why I go. 

If you want to experience this, visit a TREP$ Marketplace.  If there are none in your area, let's fix that together.

Spotlight TREP$:  In this issue we have some great write-ups to share with you- written by and about young entrepreneurs we met this spring... You will meet Bradley (Florida, NY), Maddie (Verona, NJ), and Libby (Mount Olive, NJ), Scroll down to enjoy!

As always, thank you for being a part of this important and extraordinarily fun mission.
Pamela deWaal and Hayley Romano

Meet Bradley, of "Dyed Ties"
SS Seward Middle School, Florida, NY
My name is Bradley and I am in sixth grade.  My company is Dyed Ties and my product is tie-dyed shoelaces. I have participated in TREP$ for two years. The first year, I was brainstorming for a product when I got the idea to tie-dye something that wasn't usually tie-dyed, but would look good if I did. Eventually, I got the idea to tie-dye shoelaces because they would look great tie-dyed and they were a product people could use every day.

I named my company 'Dyed Ties' as a play on words. It was a lot of fun dying the shoelaces and I got to make many different color combinations. I priced them at $3 for one pair and $5 for two pairs so people would want to buy more than one pair. Two other students and I were interviewed for a local radio station. I had a lot of fun at the TREP$ Marketplace and almost sold out. I made a profit of about $50!

This year I made the same product, but in a greater quantity. I ran out of dye as I was making them, so I had to make up color combinations as I went. They still looked awesome! We made a few pairs of really cool rainbow laces. At the marketplace I saw some really cool products and we sold a lot of laces. I plan to continue my business, and sell my remaining inventory next year. TREP$ was a lot of fun and taught me how to run a business.
Meet Maddie, of "Maddie's Arts and Smarts"
Our Lady of the Lake School, Verona, NJ
My name is Maddie and I am a seventh grader at Our Lady of the Lake School. I had so many ideas of what I wanted to sell at TREP$. I couldn't decide between a service and three other products. So I chose to do all four!  I named my business Maddie's Arts and Smarts.

The first idea was to do a tutoring service. I love school and learning new things. I started tutoring first graders after school once a week. This year was my second year tutoring and I love every moment. I wanted to do it more often so I turned it into a business. I named my business Kid2Kid Tutoring. I took a seven- hour babysitting class at Red Cross and received certification. I asked two teachers for a reference, including my tutor supervisor, printed business cards, and created an email. I decided to charge $12-$15 an hour depending on whether students come to me or I go to them.

My passion in addition to learning is art. I started taking classes and discovered that I love to oil paint. I have several of my paintings hanging in my house and whenever my family had company, guests noticed them and told me how talented I was. My mom suggested I print them out on note cards and I loved the idea.  I got them printed and sold a package of six different cards for $5. They were a hit especially with the teachers.

One day my mom came home with mason jars. I drank out of mine every day. It had a cool design and it always kept my drink cold. I liked it so much I wanted to sell something like it. I then looked on Pinterest and found out that there are special markers you can use to draw on the mason jars. I already painted wine glasses in the past and I thought little kids would like the mason jars. I drew all different kinds of logos, including college and sports teams.

The TREP$ Marketplace was going to be on Friday, May 1st and it turned out that the 2nd graders First Holy Communion was the following Sunday. So I made custom mason jars for the Communicants ahead of time, which included a cross, their name and the date. I received so many custom orders and sold out of the ones I made. I sold the pre-made ones for $5 and the custom for $8.

When my mom and I went to Michaels looking for markers we saw wooden picture frames. My mom commented that when I received my First Holy Communion she didn't like most of the frames. I thought I could paint those too, plus I could do a Mother's Day theme. I sold the frames for $5 each. They were really hard to paint, so I wouldn't do them again.

I really enjoyed this whole experience. I learned so much. The people who came to the TREP$ Marketplace really liked my products and service. It was cool to see all my hard work pay off. I got many orders and I plan to continue my business. In fact I am negotiating with a local business to sell my note cards, already have a tutoring job for the summer and mason jar orders keep coming in. I look forward to doing TREP$ again next year.
Meet Libby, of "Libby's Green Thumb"
Chester M. Stephens School, Mount Olive, NJ
My name is Libby, and I'm in fifth grade at Chester M. Stephens Elementary School in Mount Olive, NJ.  I was really excited to join TREP$. I knew what I was going to make from the start. Water bottles have been polluting the world. I like plants, animals, and nature, so it came to me that I could reuse water bottles to plant herbs for cooking.

My business was called Libby's Green Thumb. To me, my creation looked like a thumb that's green, so that's how the name was born. I got straight to work planting tarragon seeds to sell. I also made kits that had a water bottle filled with soil, an envelope of seeds, and directions for planting. I worked hard preparing for the marketplace. When I was done, I was proud of what I had made.

At the TREP$ Marketplace, I set up my environmental stand, and I sold all 55 herbs, which included parsley, chives, sweet basil, cilantro, thyme, and tarragon. I was so happy I sold out so lots of people can enjoy fresh herbs. Maybe they will try to recycle water bottles themselves. I sold the herbs for $2.00 each. I made $101 dollars to spend on books. I am so happy I joined TREP$! It was an experience I'll never forget!