Meet Lyla

January 18, 2020

My name is Lyla, I live in West Milford, New Jersey. I am in fifth grade and that is the grade when the TREP$ begins. When I knew I wanted to participate, my mom and I started looking on Pinterest and we saw string art. The Marketplace was planned for November and I thought it was a great time to start making holiday gifts.

Over the weekend, I got all of the stuff to make my project. We needed thin string, 1/2 inch nails, and 9 X 9 wood boards, stain and patterns. The patterns we decided on were hearts, stars, dog paws, snowflakes, and trees. My dad cut and sanded all of the boards and I stained them. After they dried, my dad got a cardboard pattern and drilled holes in the wood. Then he hammered the nails in the holes. Finally, I wrap the string around the nails to make a dog paw, snowflake, star, and tree. My favorite part about doing the string is that you get to do your own pattern inside the pattern.

A week before the Marketplace, the people who were in TREP$ got to make signs around the school of our projects. My string art store was called Lyla’s Woodshop. I sold the string art for $7.00 a board. On November 22nd it was the TREP$ Marketplace. We had to be there at 5:30 and doors would open at 6:30. We had some time to decorate my station. I think what brings people’s attention is bright things, so I brought some fairy lights and a sign to decorate my table. It was the 15th annual TREP$ at Paradise Knoll Elementary School, the very place where TREP$ began.  There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Then the TREP$ Marketplace started. I sold three boards in two minutes and a lot of people bought my product. An hour and thirty minutes passed and there were only four left. Then they were gone… I sold out that quickly! People wanted more boards, so I took orders of what they wanted. In the end, I had a great time selling out of my product. It made me feel good when that last person bought my art. For me, it meant that I did a good job and had a great product. From TREP$, I made $189.00 dollars and I still have to make boards for the people who want it. I also plan on making them for my family for gifts during the holidays.

Note: Lyla participated in the TREP$ entrepreneurship education program as after-school enrichment,  right at school. This extracurricular activity is a PBL (project based learning) experience that helps kids gain an entrepreneurial mindset, financial literacy and life skills to prepare them for and improve their futures.

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