Forrestdale School Transformed into Entrepreneur’s Marketplace

first_imgBy Emma Wulfhorst |RUMSON – It’s not every day a school becomes a bustling hub of entrepreneurship.But sellers recently packed the Forrestdale School’s cafeteria where over 60 student vendors set up shop, displaying everything from shark’s-tooth necklaces to ornaments to original artwork for the school’s first ever TREP$ Marketplace.The market was the final step of the TREP$ program, a curriculum developed for schools in which fourth- through eighth-graders learn everything they need to know to start their own businesses. Maureen Gordon, a Forrestdale enrichment program teacher, brought the program – short for “entrepreneurs” – to the school after learning about it through an email. “I knew it would be something students would just love to do,” Gordon said. “I know how much they love to create and build.”Gordon approached the Forrestdale administration and asked for permission to make TREP$ a part of the school’s enrichment program for gifted and talented students for the 2017-18 school year. “They said yes right away,” said Gordon and she began the class in September. The TREP$ curriculum was developed in 2006 by two New Jersey mothers after their sons attempted to create their own small business.Forrestdale’s program was open to all fourth- and fifth-grade enrichment students, as well as any sixth-grade students who were interested. The class met one hour a week for the fourth- and fifth-grade students during a regularly scheduled enrichment class. But the sixth graders had to sacrifice a lunch and recess period two times a week in order to participate.“They learned concepts and skills in school through workshops,” said Gordon. During the classes, the students were taught key business skills and terms, including profit, expenses, marketing, brainstorming and creating a plan, all part of the TREP$ curriculum.“A lot of work was also done at home,” said Gordon. Students physically created their products entirely on their own time using their own money or borrowed from their parents to produce the items. However, if students borrowed money, they were required to write up a contract with terms for repaying the loans. Any profits students made could be used to satisfy the loans. If students did not turn a profit, they had to present written explanations of the different lessons they learned during the program.“Most of them really worked on it themselves,” said Gordon about the students’ creation of their products, “but there was a lot of parental support.” Gordon said some of the students even paid their siblings or friends to help them produce, market or sell their goods.According to Gordon, about 95 percent of students made a profit. While most kept the money as a reward for themselves, some chose to donate it to various organizations.Amanda Harmon, a fifth-grader at Forrestdale, made a profit of $150 by selling her beach-themed ornaments, chalkboards and picture frames. “I loved it when people walked by my stand and saw my product and they loved them,” she said. “It really made me feel good to have people enjoy what I made.”“She was focused on doing something beach-themed and using sand,” said Amanda’s mother, Tara Harmon, also the publicity coordinator for Forrestdale’s TREP$ program.Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from Forrestdale School in Rumson participated in the TREP$ Marketplace, the culmination of a program which taught them about all aspects of starting and running a business. Photo courtesy Tara HarmonIn total, 16 sixth-graders, 28 fifth-graders, and 21 fourth-graders participated in the program, but Gordon expects a bigger enrollment when she runs the program again. “I already ordered more workbooks for next year,” she said. “I’ve had seventh- and eighth-graders beg me to do it again.”Gordon is overjoyed by the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the entire Forrestdale community. “I received numerous emails form parents thanking us, telling us what an amazing learning experience it was for their child,” she said.As a parent, Harmon relished TREP$. “I thought it was pretty awesome,” she said. “It was a great opportunity for the kids to use their creativity and see how a business works.” Harmon is also excited for her daughter to participate again. “She and her friends are already planning what they want to sell next year.”This article was first published in the Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Mount Sentinel edges Wolves to capture WK Junior Boy’s Basketball crown

first_imgIn the contest Mount Sentinel went to the free throw line 21 times to LVR’s six and the Bombers were called for 19 fouls to the Cats nine.Abrosimoff was the top scorer for Mount Sentinel with 15 points while Sookeroff had seven and Miller five.For the Bombers Brock Dixon had eight points while Curtis Young and Dixon’s brother Dyllen each added six points.LVR, which lost to Stanley Humphries Rockers 52-24 in the consolation final to finish fourth in the tournament, advanced to the semi final round by stopping the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks 40-20 Friday.The Bombers led 11-8 after one quarter and 20-11 at the half.In the third quarter, LVR out scored the Hawks 10-4 to put the game away.Dyllen Dixon led all scorers with 17 points, including three baskets from behind the arc.Jairo Mangapot and Young each added four points.In the consolation final, Aject Dhaliwal scored 11 points and Morgan Lynn added eight to spark the Rockers to the lopsided win over LVR.The Rockers, taking third place, built a 21-3 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.Dyllen Dixon scored eight points for LVR while power forward Jack Roberts had five points, including a three-pointer at the buzzer. Brandon Sookeroff scored 14 points to lead the Mount Sentinel Wildcats to the West Kootenay Junior Boy’s Basketball Championship with a 36-33 win over host Grand Forks Wolves Saturday in the Boundary City.The Wildcats, the top ranked team going into the seven-team tournament, needed a late rally to secure the win as Mount Sentinel trailed the Wolves for most of the contest.Aaron Abrosimoff added nine points and Kie Miller had eight.Mount Sentinel advanced to the final with a thrilling 31-29 victory over the L.V. Rogers Bombers.In the game, the Bombers had a chance to tie the game but LVR was called for a lane violation with less than three seconds remaining in the game.Mount Sentinel, entering the contest with three straight regular season wins over LVR, led 8-6 after one quarter before LVR took a 14-12 advantage into recess.Mount Sentinel, trailed 29-27 late in the fourth period before reeling off four straight free throws to secure the lead and the win.last_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay: ‘Merritone’ Blake, Mark’s brainless punt, Windies brilliance

first_img INESTIMABLE  PLEASURES On Saturday, April 2, with an awe-inspiring and emotional outpouring of love and respect, this nation bade a grand farewell to one of its most illustrious sons. Winston Blake (‘The Merritone Music Maestro’) was not universally embraced for his connections with or contribution to Sport. However, with his undying love for his alma mater, Kingston College – a virtual hotbed for the games that teenagers play – he was a fixture at the National Stadium and before that, Sabina Park, during Champs week. Without fuss or fanfare, his unsolicited support took many young athletes over the hump. Politicians from both sides of the divide, by their presence, typified the life of the man whose earthly journey they had huddled together to celebrate. He will be sorely missed. Foster’s Fairplay wishes that he be granted eternal rest. No one with a straight face can deny that there are inestimable pleasures to be derived from the shortest version of the game. The ending to the final provides stark evidence. In attacking an achievable target, the West Indies innings had fallen into serious disrepair. The strategy crafted by the ‘out of touch’ and in some quarters ‘out of favour’ Marlon Samuels was sheer brilliance. He curbed his well-known flair and ferocity to set up the Carlos Brathwaite explosion. It was the grand finale, all West Indians loyal to the cause could conceivably have wanted. It had all the ingredients of a Hollywood thriller. All that said, West Indies cricket has impacted and ruled the world from the springboard of Test cricket. That and only that must be the focal point in any perceived initiative to turn that never-ending corner. The treasures of watching and appreciating the grace, elegance and charm of a Lawrence Rowe, the ability to bludgeon into surrender a savage attack as Sir Vivian Richards afforded us, are no longer. Need one to further illustrate the point; go back to the mastery of a Sir Garfield Sobers or the finesse of the great Rohan Kanhai. Set in what is now being challenged – a five-day match – like it or not, together with fierce fast bowlers, the West Indies grabbed and held on to the number one spot for close to two decades. To this place all heads must be pointed if the call of “we are back” is to be countenanced. Go for it, West Indies! English Cricket commentator and former County of Hampshire player, Mark Nicholas, has referred to the West Indies T20 team as “short of brains”. The remark came during the build-up to the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup in that format of the game. Nicholas is described by the popular cricket website, espncricinfo, as “almost a throwback to the era of amateurs”. Anyone familiar with that period in English cricket, where there was a clear, social demarcation between two sets of cricketers, is wont to draw a single conclusion. Amateurs were referred to as gentlemen and those who looked to the game for their living were given the nomenclature of players. Given all that, the “no brains” label, coming from a white Englishman, must be seen as manifestly racist. That skipper Darren Sammy, mindful of, but not allowing the tag to disrupt his flow, could have led his team to a sound thrashing of the English, was a masterstroke. The clobbering, straight on the heels of a similar beating of the Aussies by our ladies, was a ”take that” response in the face of those who consider themselves to be ahead in quality of on-field performance. With those two title-winning victories and the still savoured under-19 triumph, the way forward is being charted by the loyal fans of the sport. They have stuck with a team whose fortunes have plummeted to rock bottom. Once ruling the roost in what is still considered to be the real cricket, they had been swept aside by teams who prepared, while the perennial high rankers remained complacent and perhaps, over-celebrated. It is quite understandable that this string of victories in a ‘slam bam, thank you, ma’am format’ has elicited shouts of “We are back”. Foster’s Fairplay urges caution. SHORT OF BRAINSlast_img read more

Moto Z2 Play with Moto Mods to launch in India today, high-end Moto Z2 leaks on Geekbench

first_imgMotorola launched the Moto Z2 Play in the US on June 2. Soon after that, the company announced via a tweet that they are going to launch the device in India on June 8. The Moto Z2 Play is set to launch in India today at an event in Goa around noon. Motorola will also live stream the event on their YouTube channel. You can watch the live stream here. The smartphone will be Flipkart exclusive and will be available to pre-book at 2PM on Flipkart . The Moto Z2 Play was initially launched with 4 new Moto Mods. This is the successor of the last year’s Moto Z Play, and is much improved in terms of performance, camera, processor and more at least in terms of the specifications. The company on Sunday tweeted that the smartphone soon after the India launch will be available for pre-booking as well. Moto Z2 Play can be pre-booked via the company’s official Moto India website.Meanwhile, another Moto phone — a high-end Moto phone called Moto Z2 — has been leaked on Geekbench, a website that lists Android benchmarks. The benchmark that was uploaded on June 7 hints at a phone that will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. This phone is likely to be the successor to the last year’s Moto Z. This also means that the phone will have a metal body, high-end hardware, including a high-megapixel camera and a QHD screen. It will also certain that the phone will support newer Moto Mods. In addition to the processor information, the Geekbench leak also reveals that the Moto Z2 will have 4GB RAM and that it will use Android 7.1 Nougat software.advertisementMotorola is offering several offers on pre-booking. People who pre-book the Moto Z2 Play will have to pay Rs 2,000 up front, and the rest of the amount can be paid eventually over a span of of 10 months with 0 percent interest. Furthemore, Lenovo is also offering the Moto Armor pack, which includes —  protective accessories, there will be offers on Moto Mods as well.To recall the new Moto Z2 Play is priced at $499 in the US. In India the smartphone will likely to be priced somewhere in between the Rs 25,000 and Rs 30,000. In terms of specifications, the Moto Z2 Play comes with a 5.5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The device was announced in two storage options – 32GB and 64GB, both of which are expandable via a microSD card of up to 2TB.On the camera front, Z2 Play comes with a much improved camera set up and comes with a 12-megapixel primary camera and sport a 5-megapixel front facing camera coupled with LED flash. Further, the successor of last year’s Moto Z2 Play will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and will be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 626 processor clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM memory. Moto Z2 Play is backed by a 3,000mAh battery, which is expected to last for 30 hours on a single charge.Also Read: Moto Z2 Play with Snapdragon 626, 4GB RAM launched with four new Moto ModsAlso Read: Moto Z2 Play: Full specs, new Moto Mods, price and everything you need to knowlast_img read more

10 months agoWatford defender Kabasele taken to hospital after collision in Chelsea defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford defender Kabasele taken to hospital after collision in Chelsea defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Christian Kabasele was immediately taken to hospital after colliding with a post in defeat to Chelsea.Kabasele was taken to hospital and given oxygen to numb the pain after being forced off.Despite returning to his feet momentarily, television pictures towards the end of the first half showed the former Genk man being wheeled into an ambulance on a stretcher with the aid of oxygen. With games coming thick and fast over the Christmas period, it is a blow for Watford to lose one of their key men at the back. last_img

Alabama Football: Nick Saban’s Daughter Got Married At Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium Last Night and It Looked Awesome

first_imgNick Saban Wedding Bryant-Denny StadiumNick Saban Wedding Bryant-Denny StadiumNick Saban’s daughter, Kristen, got married last night. We’ll give you one guess at the venue. Yes, it was Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium. And it looked awesome.  Congrats to Mr and Mrs Setas #SabanToSetas #SetOnSetasA photo posted by Ann Marie Theis (@annmarietheis) on May 30, 2015 at 9:11pm PDT  The lovely bride! #setonsetas #sabantosetasA photo posted by Ann Marie Theis (@annmarietheis) on May 30, 2015 at 6:56pm PDT  #SabanToSetas #SetOnSetasA photo posted by Ann Marie Theis (@annmarietheis) on May 30, 2015 at 9:14pm PDT So Nick Saban’s daughter got married last night. Why am I not surprised at the venue!? 😉 pic.twitter.com/IPZVrETCxM— Belle Es You (@SouthernbeLLSU) May 31, 2015 RT @MarisaLeeMartin: Only Kristen #Saban could pull this off at her wedding #SabanToSetas pic.twitter.com/uUPN1zx4Pa— Brent Dougherty (@brentdougherty) May 31, 2015 All weddings of people related to college football coaches should be held at college football stadiums.last_img read more

Wall St hits another record high as TSX edges up and loonie

first_imgTORONTO – Wall Street set another record high Tuesday on relatively minor movements as Canada’s largest stock index inched forward and the loonie cleared 80 cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 84.07 points to 22,641.67. The S&P 500 index edged up 5.46 points to 2,534.58 and the Nasdaq composite index added 14.99 points to 6,531.71.North of the border, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index advanced 23.51 points to 15,728.51.“It’s a little sleepy today, pretty slow,” said Cavan Yie, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “All you’re seeing is optimism in the markets being sustained.”“If you look at Canada,” Yie added, “the banks keep chugging along with share prices near all-time highs, with solid fundamentals to support them.”The TSX’s financials subsector was up nearly half a percentage point on Tuesday.Looking ahead to Friday, investors will be eyeing Statistics Canada’s labour force survey for September.RBC Economics Research has said Canadian employment is expected to continue to increase that month, rising 10,000 though this would be down from the 22,000 increase in August.“The slowing largely reflects the expectation that the gain in service-producing jobs drops to just 5,000 after the 35,900 surge in August,” it said in an investor’s note.Meanwhile, some U.S. economic reports may look abnormally weak because of the hurricanes that have recently struck the United States, such as this week’s upcoming report on hiring. But investors are expecting to see temporarily weaker numbers, which would limit the impact.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80 cents US, up 0.03 of a cent.The November crude contract fell 16 cents to US$50.42 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.90 per mmBTU.The December gold contract gave back $1.20 cents to US$1,274.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was unchanged at US$2.96 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Judge schedules hearing on whether to release report on Wynn

first_imgLAS VEGAS — A judge in Nevada has temporarily blocked the planned release of a Massachusetts Gaming Commission report about allegations of sexual misconduct against former casino mogul Steve Wynn.A court aide says Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez decided Monday she’ll hear arguments about whether the report contains confidential information and documents that Wynn attorneys say should be protected by attorney-client privilege.Wynn sued Nov. 7 to stop next month’s planned release of commission findings about whether Wynn engaged in sexual misconduct with female employees while he headed Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts.Wynn resigned as company chief executive and chairman in February after misconduct claims were made against him.He denies the allegations.Wynn’s name has been removed from the company’s Massachusetts casino, now called Encore Boston Harbor.The Associated Presslast_img read more