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The gym bustled with activity on May 12 as CMS held the TREP$ marketplace – the finale of the TREP$ afterschool program. A total of 65 fifth-graders participated in TREPS$, which teaches students the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship by walking them through product development, from concept to final sale. Hundreds of parents, family members, teachers, and friends turned out to see the creativity and ingenuity of the students – and shop, shop, shop!
TREP$, which stands for entrepreneurs, provides students with very concrete business fundamentals over the program’s two+ months. The students met weekly and learned a different business skill each week. For example, one week students wrote business plans and identified their target customers; another week they learned about marketing and effective advertising, and another it was salesmanship and customer service. They also learned the process of cost analysis – a key to deciding which product to manufacture for sale.
Among the handmade products for sale were decorative wall hangings and art, fidget spinners, key chains, bookmarks, reusable bags, pet toys, dog treats, and picture frames.
Salome Nino created light-up mason jars.
“I thought they would be a really good decoration for rooms,” said Salome. Days before the marketplace, though, anxiety was running high. “I’m scared my product won’t sell. And I’m going to be nervous when I demonstrate it. But I think this is a cool way to let everyone know you’re creative and show off.”
Entrepreneurship has always been a hallmark of America’s growth and history. But with reality shows such as “Shark Tank” and entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg regularly in the news, students have never been more interested in innovation and business ownership.
This is the eighth year that CMS has run TREP$. Teachers Karrie Blomquist, Katlyn Houtz, and Maryellen Nyce served as advisers this year.
CMS students won the top two county awards in the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey’s “Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest.” Kai Collins, a fifth-grader in Kathy Fiebel’s class, was chosen as Morris County’s first place winner; Adithi Balusamy, a fifth-grader in Maryellen Nyce and Katlyn Houtz’s class, took home the second place award.
Kai’s essay discussed the Eastern mud salamander, a threatened lizard-like amphibian that is indigenous to New Jersey. He described their diet, habitat, and unique physical features such as their red skin, which is toxic to humans. He also suggested ways that people can help protect the species from extinction. In her essay, Adithi discussed the endangered checkered white butterfly and steps we can take protect the dwindling population.
The essays were originally written as a cross-curricular research report – an assignment completed by all CMS fifth grade classes. Each student researched an endangered or threatened species native to New Jersey using print and online sources, and then wrote a short informative essay about it. Students illustrated their reports with original drawings that depicted the species in their native habitats.
Kai and the other first place county winners will be honored at an awards ceremony this summer.
The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey’s art and essay contest is held fifth grade event. The goal of the program is to inspire students to learn about New Jersey’s wildlife and diverse ecosystems, and understand what can be done to preserve the rare and imperiled species that live in the state.
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Fifth-graders recently served up ice cream sculptures with more flavors and toppings than Baskin-Robbins could even imagine. The paper mache artwork was based on Cologne, Germany’s “Dropped Cone” sculpture by artist Claes Oldeburg.
The eight-week project began with students planning their visions then using crumbled paper, foil, a coffee cup, and masking tape to form the skeleton armature. The paper mache was layer over the rough formation. When dried, the young artists applied tempera paint in a rainbow of colors and shaped modeling clay for use as their toppings.
The project, a student favorite for many years, fits into the curriculum’s art history component and also the fifth-grade focus on multimedia and sculpture.
“The kids love it,” said art teacher Denise Palmisano, who translated the famous German sculpture into a kid-friendly and smaller-scaled project. “It incorporates art skills that students have learned in prior grades and allows kids to show off their creativity and individuality.”
In recognition of Choose to Include Week and Down Syndrome Day, CMS students donated more than $1,900 to benefit Ruby's Rainbow. The foundation awards scholarships to students across the country who have Down syndrome and are seeking post-secondary education, including enrichment or vocational classes.
The money was raised in honor of Anthony Vizzone, the 4 year-old son of the school’s reading interventionist (gr. 3–5), Kathryn Vizzone. The grades competed against each other to raise the most money. First grade took the top honor, contributing $416, and won a pajama dance party.
To explain Down syndrome and raise awareness of the drive, Vizzone spoke with students and created two read-aloud videos which the teachers shared with their classes. The books read were "47 Strings: Tessa's Special Code" by Becky Carey and "Different is a Great Thing to Be" by Heather Avis. Both authors have children with Down syndrome.
“Bringing awareness to specific disabilities can be challenging with elementary-age students,” said Vizzone. “However, the students were accepting and wanted to learn all that they could. They really embraced the idea that they were helping make someone's dream come true. I'm so proud of our CMS community, and we are hoping that every year we can continue to make a positive impact.”
In addition to collecting change from CMS students, the fundraiser in Anthony’s honor collected money via social media outreach. In total, the Vizzone family raised almost $6,000 for the foundation.
Because the amount donated was more than $3,000, the Vizzone’s will be given the opportunity to personally present a scholarship to the chosen winner. Ruby’s scholarship committee does its best to choose local high school students to benefit.
“I don't know if college will ever be in my son's future, but the idea that more and more colleges are accepting students with Down syndrome is amazing,” said Vizzone. “After I had Anthony, I always thought he would just live with my husband and me forever. I remember even telling my husband that we can travel the world with him. But knowing that college may be an option for him makes me think the sky's the limit for him.”
This year, more than $500,000 was raised for Ruby’s, which will provide more than 100 scholarships to young adults across the country to pursue post-high school education.
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