February 2016
Since it's February, we thought we would talk a little about the big hearts that our 'treps have.  Have you been noticing all the newspaper articles featuring young entrepreneurs who have chosen to give a portion or all of their profits to a cause in which they believe?  We are so happy to be a part of this.  Giving kids the chance to earn their own money also helps them understand the power that having money brings.  There is no greater feeling of satisfaction than the feeling that you have made a difference in something you believe in.  Well done 'treps! Scroll down to read how Alyssa and Elizabeth from Chester; Kyra from Bloomingdale; and Mason, Brandon and Michael from West Milford made the choice to become philanthropists. 
This month we introduce you to Ted Dintersmith.  His TEDxFargo talk addresses the need for kids to be educated in a way that better prepares them for life.  Click here to watch the TEDtalk. 
As a leading venture capitalist, Ted Dintersmith lived and breathed the world of innovation. He has seen first-hand how quickly automation is eliminating the structured jobs in our economy, as well as the opportunities for young adults who are bold, creative, and entrepreneurial. As Ted shifted his focus to the future of our schools, he realized that the core purpose of our schools has been lost in a wave of testing, data, and accountability. In this talk, Ted underscores the potential for our kids and our country if we educate to our innovative and creative strengths, and trust our schools and teachers to prepare our kids for life,
National Entrepreneurship Week is February 20-27th.  Join us in Sparta at one of the three TREP$ Marketplaces this week.
NJ Makers Day is March 18 and 19!  Get on board!
NEW to TREP$- We'd like to welcome Mount Olive district's Sandshore School, Tinc Road School and Mountain View School to our TREP$ Family of Schools!
Spotlight TREP$!  We have some great write-ups to share with you- written by and about young entrepreneurs we met this fall.  Their stories are so inspirational.  Scroll down to meet Evan from Paradise Knoll School in Oak Ridge, NJ,  Tarrah from Anthony Wayne School in Wayne, NJ,  and Faisal and Hashem from Schuyler Colfax School in Wayne, NJ.

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

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Chester Girls Become Entrepreneurs, Use Profits To Help Seniors
CHESTER, N.J. - If Elizabeth Fox and Alyssa Ettel keep up this pace, the A&E Factory will be on Fortune 500's top company's list in no time.
In one single project this winter, the two girls from Chester learned about entrepreneurship and philanthropy, and brought happiness to those in need.
Fox and Ettel, fifth-graders at Bragg School, took part in the after-school club named TREP$, which teaches students how to create, price, and sell projects at a flea-market style marketplace. They named their business the A&E Factory.
The duo made bookmarks, s'mores pops, and bottled water with customized labels and sold the products at the marketplace.
Just as swiftly as the business became successful, the pair used their profit to help others.  It came to their attention that residents at the Chester Area Senior Housing (CASH) complex had been temporarily displaced from their homes due to flooding from broken pipes. The girls jumped into action and used profits from their business to provide dinner from the Lamplighter restaurant for the residents.

Fox and Ettel served chicken parmigiana, pasta, and homemade dessert to the residents and offered extra bookmarks they made to the men and women who came to the dinner.
By Jason Koestenblatt 
A Generous Donation
West Milford, N.J. - A couple of months after the Westbrook TREP$ Marketplace occurred, there are still wonderful stories of the kindness and generosity happening on behalf of Westbrook students.
Pictured here are Mason Birkhoff, Brandon Scrimenti, and Michael Oswald, fifth grade students at Westbrook Elementary School.
They recently donated the money they earned from TREP$ directly to Frank Yevchak, right, the founder of "Support Our 4 Legged Soldiers" and his military dog, Lucky.
"Support Our 4 Legged Soldiers" is an organization that is committed to improving the lives of America's unsung heroes - Military Working Dogs (MWD's) - and their handlers who are defending our freedom both here and abroad in times of war and peace.
For more information about this organization visit supportour4leggedsoldiers.org.

Bloomingdale Animal Shelter Benefits from School Project
Bloomingdale, NJ  - A 10-year-old Bloomingdale girl showed she has not only the brains to run her own business but also the heart to help out with her donation of all the profits she earned to the North Jersey Community Animal Shelter.
Kyra Bastante gives Roxy a homemade treat as part of a project that raised money for the North Jersey Community Animal Shelter. Bastante created the treats during her TREP$ project at Walter T. Bergen School in Bloomingdale.   
"It felt like they needed it more than I did," said Kyra Bastante of the pets awaiting adoption at the Bloomingdale shelter where NJCAS is located at 23 Brandt Lane.
Kyra, who aspires to be a marine biologist one day, loves dogs and decided to take the whole $172 she earned through a TREP$ project at Walter T. Bergen School in Bloomingdale and give it to NJCAS.
This was Kyra's first visit to NJCAS but she said she felt happy to be able to combine the business enterprise that was her school project with her love for animals.
Her mother, Regina Bastante, said that the TREP$ program, for grades four through eight, is designed to cultivate the entrepreneur spirit in students like Kyra. Acting like the bank, moms and dads spend a small fee to launch the kids' projects and later are reimbursed from the profits each student-business makes.
Often students make their own merchandise, she said, which in her daughter's case was dog toys and biscuits she learned how to make on YouTube.
"We really appreciate it and are happy to see youth be so involved," said Lisa Perry, director of animal control services, which handles several towns from its Bloomingdale base.  Read More
By Donna Rolando                                         
Encourage Students to Submit Stories!
We are always looking for students to tell their unique stories to our readers.
To see your students' businesses in the Spotlight 'treps" section of the TREP$ on Track, have them submit write-ups about their experiences.  With their submissions, they should include a photo of them making their product, posing with their product, or standing at their table.  Most write-ups are 250-500 words. Email submissions to pdewaal@trepsed.com.
Meet Evan of "Copter Bots"
Paradise Knoll School, Oak Ridge, NJ  
My name is Evan and I am the maker and seller of "Copter Bots."  A "Copter Bot" is a paper robot that can fly and spin.  I made 5 different designs to test and fly before creating my final "Copter Bot" product.

I came up with the idea because there was a popular game called, Minecraft, who sold little origami squares designed to look like its characters. There was no way I was going to copy off the game, so I thought what could be made out of paper and be awesome?  Robots!  But something was missing, it should do something. Maybe it could drive?  I wondered how I was going to make that.  When I was thinking, a helicopter passed over our house.  That was it, a helicopter!

My dad had taught me how to make paper helicopters a while ago and this made building a template a little bit easier.  My dad made copies of our "Copter Bot" template for me.  Then I designed what it looked like by drawing on the template.  Since my dad works at Toys"R"Us headquarters making ads, he helped find a huge selection of robots on the computer.  I picked my favorite eyes, body, arms, and legs and drew my own "Copter Bot" look.  My dad scanned my final drawing on the template into the computer.  I picked which colors should go where and what colors we could use.  Then I wrote the directions.

Now was the hardest part, putting them together.  Luckily, it only took one day.  My dad cut them out with his X-Acto knife to make them look more professional, as I supervised.  I did the folding and my mom did the taping, almost like an assembly line.  Then it was time for the fun part, I tested each one to make sure they all spun right.  

I sold my built "Copter Bot" product for $1 each.  I also had the templates for sale at 2 for $1, in case anyone wanted to build it themselves!  I made $41 profit!  I had a lot of fun at TREP$ and I can't wait until next year!
Meet Tarrah, of "Magic Emporium"
Hello. My name is Tarrah. I am 13 years old and I am in 8th grade and Anthony Wayne Middle School. I have done TREP$ since I was in 5th grade. Every year I make something by hand to sell. The first two years I created clay figures. I used techniques that I learned in windows art. They took a long time to create and so I would start making them at least a month and a half ahead of time. The clay figures where popular and sold well. People kept buying them even after the TREP$ Marketplace was over.

Last year I tried something new. I created dog toys from recycled clothing, goo and pet rocks. I was busy so I didn't put as much effort into my items as I had done before. I found that people were not as interested in buying those things.

This year I decided to go back to making things but I didn't want to do clay stuff anymore. I looked on Pinterest for some ideas. I found some mini vials filled with beads, glitter and colored water. Each had a theme like "dreams" or "Over the rainbow" or "Ogre's Blood". They looked fun and easy to make. So I created a list of about 100 unique kinds. They were in categories like "magic", "Disney", and "zodiac signs".

At first, I thought the materials would be too expensive but my mom helped me find some bulk items on line. I had to buy mini vials with corks and eye hooks. We also found some affordable necklaces to include. I had to invest about $100. I was nervous that I wouldn't make my money back or that I wouldn't make much money. The vials were going to be a lot of work and I wanted to make a good profit.

The vials took a lot of work. I wanted each one to be unique with no duplicates. I used beads, glitter, charms, colored wire, and various other items. They were starting to look pretty good so I decided to wear one to school. People liked it and thought I had bought it at a store. So, I started wearing a new one each day to get people excited about my store. The favorite was "Melted Snow Man". That one had water with two black beads and a wire wrapped to look like a carrot nose.

When I set up my display I wanted shelves. We didn't have any at home so I created some with cardboard boxes. I taped them together, made sure they were different heights, and taped black table cloth over the tops. The display looked really cool and the black table cloth made the colors in the vials pop. I called my store "Tarrah's Magic Emporium"

My store was busy the whole time during the TREP$ market place with only a few breaks in between hordes of customers. I even had customers returning to by buy "just one more". I even had people ordering them. I was surprised because I set the price at $5 per vial and people said it was too high. However, I had seen vials sell on Easy for more than $5. I'm glad I kept to my price because I sold over 50 vials and I could have sold more if the market place had stayed open.

My mom wants me to put the rest on Etsy. I'm thinking about it. Especially since this is my last year that I'm able to do TREP$!

Meet Faisal and Hashem, of Marshmallow Shooters
Schuyler Colfax School, Wayne, NJ
My name is Faisal and my brother's name is Hashem. We were very excited to join TREP$  club at my school but we didn't exactly know what our product would be for the TREP$ Marketplace. Then we found something on Youtube which was a very good idea and very easy to make! We wanted something fun - something new - something people would really want to buy.  We didn't want any expensive stuff.  We wanted marshmallow shooters that were  inexpensive, fun to play with, which we could earn profit from.  We found a design that was all of those things.

Our prices were 1 shooter $2 ,  2 shooters $3, more marshmallows $1. At the beginning of the marketplace we didn't get any customers, which was really frustrating. Then my cousin's brothers helped to advertise the product around the auditorium and cafeteria.  Many people started listening to him. They would ask, "Where did you get this?  Then he would tell them where our stand was!  They would come running for one, because they all wanted to marshmallow fight with each other once they saw our product!"  It was very fun to see the   smiles on people's faces .

We learned from TREP$ that if you don't advertise properly, no one will know what your product is all about, and they will just walk past you.  But when you advertise properly people will buy your product.

The Marketplace was a great opportunity for us to share our project with everyone.