SPARTA, NJ-Despite the snow and the cold weather an abbreviated TREP$ market was held at Sparta Middle School on February 20.   Having spent six weeks preparing, Students displayed and sold a mixture of original ideas and repurposing of existing products displayed and sold.

The TREP$ program is fully funded by the Middle School PTO.  There were workshops to direct and support  the students, giving them the opportunity to see what it would be like to create a business from the ground up. The workshops taught the students how to take an idea for a product they created and market, manufacture and sell that product to make a profit. One hundred and ten seventh and eighth  graders participated in the workshops taught by teachers Theresa Gleason and Christine Collister and Assistant Principal Brad Davis.

Patricia Aldrich and Megan Lynch, owners of Mac and Tacs, said “TREP$ was a great way to experience what it would be like to manage your own business and we got to see if people would actually want to by a product we came up with.”

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Grace Masterson, owner of Grace’s Cupcakes, said “I was very happy that so many people came to the Market Night.  I learned that the hard work I put into my business really paid off in the end.” Grace decided to donate all of her profits to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Mr. Davis said, “I could not be more pleased with the way the students presented themselves and their businesses. The students’ participation and hard work made the night a huge success and I am very proud of all our enTREPreneurs!”

TREP$ is slang for young enTREPreneur$.

"TREP$ is offered in 65 schools, primarily in New Jersey and New York.  Thanks to word of mouth and the internet, schools in many other states, and even other countries also offer the program,"  according to co-founder Pamela deWaal.  The program was founded by Hayley Romano and deWaal both New Jersey residents.