FAIRFIELD, NJ - Winston Churchill School in Fairfield will be hosting its first community TREPS Marketplace event on Wednesday, April 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fairfield Recreation Center on 221 Hollywood Avenue.
Sarah Kirk from the TREPS Leadership Team—which also includes school faculty Jenn DeSordi, Cindy Tirrell and Danielle Malinowski—explained that TREPS is short for enTREPrenuerS. In order to learn the skills necessary to create and manage their own businesses, more than 70 Winston Churchill students from grades four through six have participated in six weekly before-school workshops, according to Kirk.
The students will display their homemade business products for the community to come out and purchase at the finale Marketplace Event on April 3.
According to Kirk, what sets Fairfield apart from other surrounding towns is that Churchill School, the Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee and the Fairfield Police Department work collaboratively to ensure that this event is a success. The municipal alliance has funded the program and the police department has attended workshops to provide feedback to students for their design, development and sale of their creation, according to Kirk, who added that both community organizations played an integral role in bringing the program to Churchill.
Winston Churchill student Ellie Sciacchitano is selling her beaded creations. Her mother, Chrissy, said that her daughter started making jewelry two summers ago and has not stopped since.
"She is really enjoying learning about running a businesss through the TREPS program and is very excited to showcase all of her work on April 3," said Chrissy.
Joey Schettino, another participant, said he came up with the idea for Scrabble Art because he was looking for something different, fun and inexpensive and because he really likes the game Scrabble.
"My family helps me create them and they are all one of a kind," Joey said. "My sisters, Nicole and Ava, paint the canvas and I come up with the words and glue them on. It’s fun and challenging to come up with different sayings and I cannot wait to show them off at the TREPS Marketplace."
Fellow student Megan Shaw is calling her TREPS Marketplace product of Emoji-painted rocks "Poppy Rocks" because she and her grandfather, "Poppy," share a fondness for rocks and like to go on walks to see what they can find together.
"I decided to paint Emojis on them because they are fun and make people smile," she said. "They can be used as a reminder on a tough day, to smile whether you are working hard washing dishes or at your desk. Come out and find your favorite."
Lola Griffith, founder of the company Simply Soap, will be selling different kinds of organic soaps, and fourth grader Alex Bivona is selling her "Anything and Everything Plaques" for consumers to hang their bows, keys, pictures and more.
Some other fourth graders participating this year are Eddie Valenzano and Rocco Maglione. Eddie, founder of Steady Eddie Designs, is making buttons, painted rocks and paper beads for necklaces and bracelets. Eddie's buttons come in two sizes and can be personalized. Rocco, owner of MAG-nificent Stress Balls, is selling the popular video game Fortnite themed stress balls for only $2 or 2 for $3.
Sixth grader Andrew Velez will be selling "Cookies In A Jar" with a rustic touch that he said are easy to make and are perfect for gifts or to compliment any home. Fellow sixth graders Will Kassebart and Max Johnston will be selling their aptly named products "Will's Lavish Legos" and "Max’s Maxxed Out Pop-sockets."
See the photos above to catch a glimpse of some of the items being sold by students at the upcoming event.