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Sixteen entrepreneurs at Golden Hill Elementary create, display and sell their own unique merchandise at the TREP$ Marketplace


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  • Photo provided by Alison Orlando Golden Hill Elementary School in Florida hosted TREP$ Marketplace on May 2, featuring merchandise created and displayed by students. Pictured here with the young entrepreneurs are Golden Hill Elementary Principal Andy Cameron and teachers Sandra Correa and Noreen Meehan.




FLORIDA — Golden Hill Elementary School in Florida hosted a TREP$ Marketplace on May 2, featuring merchandise created and displayed by young entrepreneurs.

To call it a flea market would not do the marketplace justice. The 16 vendors had created and displayed very saleable merchandise for the public to purchase.

What made this market unique was that the vendors ranged in age from ten to twelve years old.

The kids, and the program in which they participated, are referred to as “TREP$” - short for “entrepreneurs.”

The market opened with an official ribbon-cutting by Golden Hill Elementary Principal Andy Cameron and teachers Sandra Correa and Noreen Meehan.

Defining success

The community came out in full support of this program, which has become an annual event, helping the children achieve success.

Success meant different things to different kids.

For some, it was the independence of earning their own money, and for others it was the skills they learned along the way.

For example, Luke Young learned to handcraft jewelry, Will Orlando learned to design sports-themed wall hangings and Ava Kirschke learned to create one-of-a-kind decorative magnets.

For all the children, success came in the realization that they were now “entrepreneurs.”

This first experience taught them a little about what worked and didn’t work, so that their second experience will be even better.

The event was a culmination of six weeks of hands-on, fun workshops that taught the participants about product development, finance, marketing, advertising and sales.

The workshops were well received by the students.




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