UNION, NJ – Future entrepreneurs got a chance to display and sell their products at Livingston School’s 1st Annual Fourth Grade TREP$ Marketplace Thursday night.
Students proudly displayed their products throughout the school hallways for the public’s shopping pleasure. Products ranged from handmade jewelry to beauty products to holiday ornaments and comic books.
‘Shine of Beauty’ was the brainchild of Braelyn B. who created the shampoo with inspiration from her dad, a barber. “I want to be just like my dad and granddad (also a barber),” she said. “I want to have my own shop and make my own products when I’m older.”
“I’m sensitive to products, so me and my mom made something anyone can use,” said Makayla with her ‘Lipz of Jewel’ lip balms. “We made two kinds: honey and orange.”
Livingston School teachers Kelly Kitzman, Maria Sibilia and Lyndsay Conneely organized the event and helped the fourth-grade students plan and market their products. Kitzman said students began in mid-October and attended six workshops prior to the product launch. “The students came up with their own ideas,” she said. “They had to learn how to start and what’s entailed in owning a business. They learned financial literacy and leadership skills. Tonight, they are so excited to have people paying them for something they’ve made.”
‘Boredom Breakers’ creator Andrew said, “kids like toys and Toys R Us went out of business, so I thought I’d so this.” He said he put a small toy or two inside each unidentified bag. “Everyone has been happy when they opened their bags,” he said.
'Beads for Deeds' founders Alliana G. and Leslie A. said they will be donating half of their proceeds to a charity. "We just want to help others," said Alliana.
TREP$ is a for-profit program that aims to teach students how to start their own business. They learn the lessons in the classroom, work on their products at home, and launch them during the Marketplace event.