They mean business

| 14 Mar 2012 | 02:59

SPARTA — TREP$, a program that won the New Jersey PTA’s Champion for Children Award, teaches kids in grades 4 through 8 the basics of business ownership. After weeks of preparation, students at The Reverend George A. Brown Memorial School held a TREP$ marketplace — the culmination of all their planning. The event took place March 9. Everything from food to clothing to gadgets was available for purchase inside the school. Students showed their entrepreneurial spirit and displayed the fruits of their labor to family members and friends. Product development, finance, marketing, advertising, and sales were some of the things these little entrepreneurs learned. It was a night to remember not just for the children that participated but their parents, too. For some this was their first exposure to commerce in a personal way. Reverend Brown School TREP$ Committee members Katie Silvernail, Principals Dr. Duncan and Sue Santore and Publicity Coordinator Grace Faust organized the TREP$ event. TREP$ Committee Chair Person Connie Zoetjes said “This is the second year that has participated in the TREP$ program. The students learn the fundamentals of running a business and go through the process of creating a product.” Check out the TREP$ website at for more information.