Another program that benefits from the Holiday Breakfast and Marketplace is TREP$.
“TREP$ is a program that was brought to Cooperstown by Carina Franck,” Board of Education member, Marcy Birch, explained. “It teaches kids in a very finite six weeks how to start a concept of a business and then all of the steps until completion. Completion of the business is done at the Marketplace, which is a period of time where they can sell whatever their concept is.”
Two of the vendors at the Marketplace this year were students that had been involved with TERP$.
TERP$, which Birch says is a shortened form of entrepreneur, is for fifth through twelfth grade students. The program has been going on for four years now and each year 40 to 60 kids have participated in the program.
New to the Holiday Breakfast and Marketplace this year was the Scholastic Book Fair. It continues through Friday during school hours.
The PTA’s next big fundraiser will be Crayon Carnival.
“We have a stroll of nations where kids have a passport and they get it stamped at each station. We have a huge food court of a lot of neat kinds of foods that you wouldn’t normally get. We have a cake walk. That’s a huge hit. Anything you would think a carnival would be – the games, the prizes, cotton candy, things they shouldn’t be eating, but it’s a carnival and it’s fun,” Lesko said.
Crayon Carnival will be held at the high school from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1.