Cooperstown Crier - Your Source for Hometown News - Cooperstown, Baseball Hall of Fame

Our Opinion

February 21, 2013

TREP$ is a smart idea

Many of us played “store” or “house” when we were young. But pretending to do something is a lot different than actually getting to do something first-hand.

There really is not anything better than hands-on learning, and that is exactly what the TREP$ program offers students. It is a six-week after-school entrepreneurship education program that leads up to students running their very own “flea market” style marketplace. They get to meet local business people, and the things taught are used in the everyday world. For example, students learn to write promotional material and use math skills such as making change. Organizers say they try to make connections with what students are learning in school that will be used in everyday life. 

Cooperstown students set up shop in the middle/high school gymnasium on Sunday. It marked the fourth year the Parent Teacher Organization has offered the program. According to organizers, the students, as a group, profited a total of $1,665.37. There were 32 businesses represented at the marketplace with only three not bringing in a profit.

But that is not what the program is all about — it is a learning experience. The money made is just a bonus, if you ask us.

We at The Crier are not the only ones impressed with the program. Otsego County Chamber Executive Director Barbra Ann Heegan said there has been discussion of the Chamber possibly purchasing the program and offering it to all schools in the county.

We hope the Chamber can make this happen. Students seem to really enjoy it, and they are learning valuable lessons and customer service skills at the same time. Not to mention dealing with members of the public can be a big confidence-builder by getting students to break out of their shells. 

TREP$ was created by Pamela deWaal and Hayley Romano, two certified teachers who live in West Milford, N.J. The program began when their then-10-year-old sons decided to go into business together selling hand-stamped wrapping paper at an adult vendor night at the school. The boys sold out of their products and shared their success story with their peers. Based on the merits of the program, the Paradise Knoll Parent Teacher Association earned the New Jersey PTA’s Champion for Children Award for best new program.

Every year it seems like the Cooperstown students become more creative with the products and services they have to offer. It is always interesting to see what will be sold at the marketplace. It is also always fascinating to chat with the students to see how they came up with their ideas and what they learned from participating in the program. 

1
Text Only
Our Opinion
  • Paid parking here to stay State Supreme Court Judge Kevin Dowd laid down the political challenge to opponents of Cooperstown's on-street paid-parking program, but it turns out that Dowd's challenge has gone unanswered.

    January 30, 2014

  • A Great Class for 2014 We're excited by last week's announcement of the results of the Baseball Writers' Association of America's 2014 Hall of Fame ballot.

    January 16, 2014

  • Still in favor of CCS project We’re disappointed with the results of the Cooperstown Central School vote on the capital construction project and we hope this isn’t the end of the project.

    December 19, 2013

  • Yes to CCS construction project Bottom line: who among us wants to say no to a new bathroom for the autism class?

    December 5, 2013

  • House GOP to blame for shutdown There's no reason to delay giving this opinion with needless words: Congressional Republicans are at fault for the government shutdown.

    October 3, 2013

  • Take signs of concussions seriously As the fall sports season heats up, we want to remind coaches, parents and athletes to take signs of concussions seriously.

    September 26, 2013

  • Giant pumpkins are worth seeing PumpkinFest has become such a wonderful tradition in Cooperstown. The two-day event is certainly unique to anyone who has not seen thousand pound pumpkins before.

    September 19, 2013

  • Don't forget to sign up for STAR A critical deadline is approaching for New York state property owners. Very soon, more than 2.6 million New Yorkers who receive the School Tax Relief exemption will need to re-apply as part of the state's efforts to combat fraud within the system.

    September 12, 2013

  • Returning to school takes some adjusting It’s that time of year again as students are beginning a new school year. They are probably feeling excited or a little sad that summer vacation has come to an end. Most likely they are feeling a little bit of both emotions.

    September 5, 2013

  • Cooperstown should be proud of athletes Any way you look at it, Cooperstown had a great sports year in 2012-13.

    August 29, 2013

New Today!
Poll

How do you like our new website?

Its great!
Its ok
Not very much
I dont like it at all
     View Results