Fernbrook Students Turn Into Entrepreneurs

Fernbrook students in the “TREP$” Club, which is short for entrepreneurs, are busy creating their own unique products which they will sell at a special marketplace on Nov. 29 in the Fernbrook gymnasium from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at the TREP$ Marketplace.

About 47 fifth grade students have been meeting after school once a week, first coming up with entrepreneurial concepts, then presenting them to teachers, community members and volunteers and now creating everything from homemade dog treats to candles to dreidels.

At the presentations, one dog-loving student who likes to bake is going to create Lily’s Sweet Treats for Dogs. “If you get a new dog and you want them to behave, you can give them my special treats,” said an enthusiastic Lily Wohnsigl, a fifth grader.

Fernbrook teacher Dominique Musacchio said the club members are participating in the special workshop after school in the school computer lab.

“The basis of TREP$ is that it is a comprehensive project-based entrepreneurship curriculum designed for students in grades 4-8,” she said.

The public is invited to purchase the items created by students at the TREP$ Marketplace on Nov. 29.

“Preparing our students for success in the real world is the most important task facing educators,” noted Fernbrook Vice Principal Kristin Mueller, who is also involved with the program. “When I learned about the TREP$ program I knew this was something we needed to offer our students.  TREP$ exposes students to 21st century skills, helping to develop an entrepreneurial mindset at an early age.  By providing practical experience in problem solving, innovation, and collaboration, we are fostering skills in the leaders of tomorrow.”

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