Rev Brown students start businesses

| 08 Feb 2012 | 02:37

SPARTA — Reverend Brown School TREP$, an entrepreneurial program for grades 6 through 8, began with an enthusiastic kick-off speaker. Children were then given the opportunity to enroll in a series of six after-school workshops where they have been receiving instruction and doing various creative exercises to understand the ready skills of entrepreneurship, as well as team dynamics. During this 6-week period, the children will research and develop the products or services they will sell or promote at the Reverend Brown second annual TREP$ Marketplace. This year’s marketplace will be held on Friday, March 9 in McKenna Hall at the Rev. Brown School 294 Sparta Ave Sparta, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. TREP$, the entrepreneurship education program for youth, was created by Pamela deWaal and Hayley Romano, two certified teachers who reside in West Milford. The program was carefully crafted to support the standards of education our schools are currently using. TREP$ earned NJ PTA’s highest honor, The Champion for Children Award in 2006. “Entrepreneurship education through TREP$ is an empowering self-esteem builder that gives kids a greater sense of control over their lives and futures,” Pamela deWaal said. “With the help of the community, the young participants of TREP$ will learn the value of creativity, motivation and hard work.”