Real Kids - Real Products - Roxbury’s TREP$ Marketplace
ROXBURY, NJ (November 22, 2019) – The four elementary schools in Roxbury Township are excited to announce their first TREP$ Marketplace on Wednesday, December 4th from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School located 35 Cornhollow Road in Succasunna.
The TREP$ Marketplace is a unique flea-market style event in that all of the vendors are fourth graders from Franklin, Jefferson, Kennedy, and Nixon Schools. Over the past six weeks, more than 40 students from the four schools have been participating in the award-winning TREP$ program (www.trepsed.com) where they have learned the basics of entrepreneurship.
“TREP$,” short for enTREPreneurS, teaches kids what they need to know to launch their own businesses, and then hosts a TREP$ Marketplace, where the kids actually sell their products cash and carry to their friends, family, and community. On December 4th, they will put all that they have learned to the test as they launch their own businesses for the evening. All of the items these students have made will be available for purchase to all cash-carrying members of the public. There will be something for everyone: young, old, or even the household pet!
“Fourth graders at Franklin, Jefferson, Kennedy, and Nixon Schools have been getting ready to show the world that passion, determination, and hard work have their rewards. Please stop by to browse, buy, or just offer encouragement to these amazing entrepreneurs,” said Roxbury TREP$ instructors, Casey Hoopes, Maria Gallagher, and Joanne Saul.
Sponsored by the Roxbury Community School, the initiative is designed to serve as an inspiration for young people to think creatively and to put their ideas into action by creating a new business. This program would not have been made possible without the partial funding from Sustainable Jersey for Schools and the NJEA.
Each of the four elementary schools were awarded a $2,000 grant from SJFS and the NJEA back in February 2019 for its proposals entitled, Roxbury Inspires Sustainable Entrepreneurs (R.I.S.E.), a sustainable business enrichment program for students.
Stanford educated Ted Dintersmith is an education philanthropist and co-author of the book titled, “Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Age,” as well as producer of the compelling documentary called “Most Likely to Succeed.” Dintersmith said the U.S. education system should be re-imagined into cross-disciplinary programs that allow kids the freedom to develop core competencies through cross-disciplinary, project-based learning.
Forward thinking schools like in Roxbury have chosen to offer their students true project-based learning experiences, like TREP$, that give children the opportunity to build their communication skills, practice informed decision-making, use their creativity and problem solving, and work on their understanding of money. “Part of the beauty of TREP$ is that the kids are so engaged in starting their own businesses, they don’t even realize the lessons they are learning,” commented Hayley Romano, co-founder of TREP$. “Regardless of the career path each chooses, the ability to think like an entrepreneur will serve them well.”
The community is invited to participate in this event with these young entrepreneurs. Come hear their sales pitches and check out the projects they made to sell. Those who attend will enjoy a unique and exciting shopping event and meet some of tomorrow’s leaders.