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More than a bake sale

Certain folks plan around special dates throughout the year, whether that’s holidays or birthdays. The start of selling Girl Scout cookies is one of those days for some.
The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas will begin their Cookie Program on Jan. 9.
The program is an integral part of Girl Scouts’ Business and Economic Literacy initiative, said Natalie Martin, director of Marketing and Communication for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.
Millions of Girl Scouts across the country learn valuable skills as they provide their communities with the special treat of Girl Scout Cookies every year. This year, a new cookie will be introduced. It is called Dulce de Leche, and is inspired by the traditional treat from Latin America, Martin said. The cookie is rich with milk caramel chips and stripes.
The classic cookie favorites will also be available. They are Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Lemon Chalet Cremes, Suger-free Chocolate Chip and Thin Mints.
The Cookie Program began as a bake sale, and has since turned into a leadership program where girls learn valuable life and business skill such as goal setting, public speaking, teamwork, brand awareness, responsibility, money and time management, financial literacy and grassroots learn entrepreneurship, Martin said.
“Essentially, the girls run their own business,” she said. “The entire Girl Scout Troop sets a goal and follows a plan leading toward that goal. Whether girls are dreaming of becoming a doctor, teacher, businesswoman, president of the PTA or superstar athlete, the Girl Scout Cookie Program gives them the self esteem they need to reach for the stars.”
Teresa Watson, who serves as Cookie Coordinator for Ennis and Palmer, said participating in cookie sales is very important for the Girl Scouts.
“Girls can earn money for different programs and trips,” Watson said. “Cookie sales teach the girls about money management, teamwork and salesmanship. The list goes on.”
The Girl Scout Cookie Program promotes community service as well, Martin said. “Project Troop to Troop” is a Girl Scout service initiative that promotes the purchasing of Girl Scout Cookies by community members for the U.S. Armed Forces. The Project generated more than 140,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies last year. This year, the goal is 150,000, and the cookies collected for the Project will be transported to Fort Hood, the USO, the American Red Cross and ultimately service men and women at home and abroad. The Girl Scout Cookies will also go to local veterans organizations and wounded soldiers, Martin said.
Watson, who is also the leader for Troop 679, said Girl Scouts teaches girls leadership and self esteem. It also helps them get ready for adult life. Watson said she loves being able to spend time with the girls in her troop, including her daughter.
“I was not a girl scout as a child, so I’m learning things, too,” Watson said. “My daughter and I have been in Girl Scouts for 12 years; since she was in first grade.”
More than 41,000 girls and 15,000 adults are part of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. For more information about volunteering, joining or donating, visit www.gsnetx.org.

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