LIVINGSTON, NJ — More than 250 people recently attended Collins Elementary School’s TREPS marketplace—the culmination of an eight-week, project-based entrepreneurship curriculum, during which fourth-and fifth-grade students learned how to build, market and run a business.

During the event, 65 students (44 vendors total, as some kids worked in pairs) set up "booths" and sold their products. Many of the students proudly displayed their "SOLD OUT" signs at the end of the night. A few even had a list of future orders.

Columbia Bank sponsored the event by providing each student with start-up funds.   

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Those in attendance included students, parents, teachers, township council members, Livingston Public Schools administrators and bank representatives.

"I was beyond pleased with the program and how the entire community pitched in to support our young entrepreneurs," said PTO president Alyson Rosenberg, who organized the event. "The students had amazing ideas and the products they came up with impressed everyone. The entire Collins School community was thrilled with the event and we definitely plan to bring it back to Collins next year and in future years.”