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Cookie time for the girl scouts

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi

It's that time of year again, when America's leading entrepreneurial, educational program for girls – the Girl Scout Cookie Sale – gets off to a delicious start. From now through mid-March, community members are invited to indulge their sweet tooth and support local Girl Scouts as they participate in the United States' leading entrepreneurial program for girls.

A Financial Literacy Program Supported by Mississippi State Treasurer Lynn Fitch

When Girl Scouts participate in the annual cookie program, they are part of the largest girl-led business in the world, generating more than $700 million for girls and communities nationwide, making it the premier business and economic literacy training program for girls in the United States. Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi and our Mississippi State Treasurer, Lynn Fitch have joined forces to share the positive effects Girl Scout Cookie Sales have on our state's economic stability as well as ensures the financial future of our Mississippi girls. All cookie proceeds stay in the local communities, helping to support program activities, maintain camp facilities, provide training opportunities for local volunteers and fund camp scholarships for girls. Plus, a portion of the sale of every box of cookies goes directly to the local troops, which last year topped $600,000!

The Cookie Sale is more than a yearly money-earner for troops. It is a unique and valuable way for girls to learn the five core skills which are people skills, decision making, money

management, business ethics and goal setting. Many of today's most successful women have credited their early business skills to the Girl Scout Cookie program.

“Since its inception more than one hundred years ago, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has empowered generations of girls by teaching them skills for life and business and by growing their self-confidence and independence,” said Becky Traweek, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi. “The Girl Scout Cookie Program may only last a few months of the year, but through it the girls learn skills that will benefit them for a lifetime.”

The girls set individual sales goals and earn recognition items such as Girl Scout Cookie “Dough”, which they can use to help pay for Girl Scout summer camp, program events, uniforms and more. Each Girl Scout troop also sets goals and earns proceeds, which they use to fund learning activities, field trips and community service projects.

Cookies for Heroes

Of course, the Girl Scout Cookie Program encourages girls to give back to their communities. Most Girl Scout troops participate in the Cookies for Heroes program. Through this program, strong-willed dieters and others who may want to support the Girl Scouts but may not want to take their cookies home can purchase cookies which will be donated to Mississippi National Guard service women and men and Gulf Coast Military women and men serving our country overseas.

Taking Orders Now

Girl Scouts throughout the council will begin making deliveries the second week of February, and Girls Scout troops will be hosting Girl Scout Cookie booths at local merchants from February 13th through March 8th. If no one contacted you to place an order for Girl Scout cookies, you can locate a Girl Scout cookie booth in your area by downloading our Cookie Locator App from iTunes or at gsgms.org and enter your zip code for booth times and locations or call the Jackson office at 601-366-0607.

Traditional Favorites

The eight cookie varieties this year include the all-time favorites Samoas, Trefoils, Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Savannah Smiles, and two new flavors RAH-RAH Raisin , an oatmeal raisin cookie with yogurt chips, and Toffee Tastic a gluten free cookie which is offered as a pilot cookie with limited quantities available. The price of the cookies is $4.00 per box, except Toffee Tastic which will be $5.00 per box.

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