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Roxbury’s First TREP$ Marketplace a Huge Success

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ROXBURY, NJ (December 6, 2019) – An exciting new kind of flea-market was on Wednesday evening at Jefferson Elementary School in Roxbury Township.

The 30 vendors had created and displayed very desirable products and services for the community to purchase. What made this flea market unique was that the vendors were all fourth graders. The kids, and the program in which they participated, are referred to as “TREP$”, -short for “enTREPreneurS.”

Recycled Woods by Olivia Alberti
Recycled Woods by Olivia Alberti
Smores Candy by Jolena Chiu and Kimmie Corrado
Smores Candy by Jolena Chiu and Kimmie Corrado
HT Yummies by Holden Riesebeck and Tyler Voter
HT Yummies by Holden Riesebeck and Tyler Voter
TREPS Marketplace
TREPS Marketplace
Be You Jewelry by Ava Marie Guadagnino
Be You Jewelry by Ava Marie Guadagnino
TREPS Kids Sell Out
TREPS Kids Sell Out
Ele Bags by Mikayla Sullivan
Ele Bags by Mikayla Sullivan
Roxbury SJFS NJEA Grant and Savings Bank Information
Roxbury SJFS NJEA Grant and Savings Bank Information
Doggy Dinner Delights by Addie Boyle
Doggy Dinner Delights by Addie Boyle
Pillow Park by Nolan Montalbano
Pillow Park by Nolan Montalbano
King Calmness by Jaiden Malafronte and Kesheva Narayan
King Calmness by Jaiden Malafronte and Kesheva Narayan
Ribbon Cutting at TREPS
Ribbon Cutting at TREPS
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The marketplace opened with an official ribbon-cutting by all the fourth grade TREP$. The community came out in full support of this new program, helping the children achieve success. Success meant different things to different kids. For some, it was the independence of earning their own money, and for others it was the skills they learned along the way.

Roxbury Community School Coordinator Ann Rhodes shared with the students at the Marketplace kick-off, “I know every adult who has been a part of this process is incredibly proud of all your hard work, your creativity, and your bravery as you’ve become young entrepreneurs! Just think, if you can start your own small business at this age, what will you be capable of in high school and beyond!”

These fourth-grade TREP$ talked about their ideas and their products during the hour long Marketplace. For all the children, success came in the realization that they were now “entrepreneurs.” This first experience taught them a little about what worked and didn’t work, so that their second experience will be even better. The event was the culmination of five weeks of hands-on, fun workshops that taught the participants about product development, finance, marketing, advertising, and sales. The workshops were well received by the students.

“We were fortunate to bring this program to Roxbury this year thanks to grant funding from Sustainable Jersey for Schools and the NJEA,” shared Rhodes.

Each of the four elementary schools, Franklin, Jefferson, Kennedy, and Nixon, 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.

Joanne Saul, the TREP$ Instructor for Kennedy and Nixon Schools shared, “I am so proud of our students for developing their creative projects and starting their businesses. They were so enthusiastic and gave 100%. Prior to this, my experience with TREP$ was with my 6th grader. Our elementary school has participated in this program for years. It’s a wonderful addition to our offerings through the Community School.”

Pamela deWaal, one of the creators of the program said, "I attend as many Marketplaces as I can. Listening to these kids pitch a product they made with their own hands inspires me and reminds me that when education is project-based and student-driven, it can be impactful, relevant, and fun at the same time."

PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury Schools)

  • Ele Bags by Mikayla Sullivan
  • Roxbury SJFS NJEA Grant and Savings Bank Information
  • TREPS Kids Sell Out
  • Pillow Park by Nolan Montalbano
  • HT Yummies by Holden Riesebeck and Tyler Voter
  • Recycled Woods by Olivia Alberti
  • Ribbon Cutting at TREP$
  • S’mores Candy by Jolena Chiu and Kimmie Corrado
  • TREPS Marketplace
  • Be You Jewelry by Ava Marie Guadagnino
  • Doggy Dinner Delights by Addie Boyle
  • King Calmness by Jaiden Malafronte and Tyler Voter
  • Roxbury SJFS NJEA Grant and Savings Accounts
  • TREP$ Kids Sell Out

 


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