Friday, December 31, 2010

Girl Scouts Ring In New Year With Cookie Sale

Starting December 31st, thousands of girls across North-Central Alabama will practice valuable marketing and money management skills while providing the community with their favorite indulgence — Girl Scout Cookies. All eight varieties of Girl Scout Cookies will be on sale December 31 through March 5.

Cookies offered include all-time favorites: Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Lemon Chalet Cremes, Dulce de Leche and Thank U Berry Munch. Each box sells for $3.50. All eight varieties of Girl Scout Cookies contain zero grams of trans fat.

Through the Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program, an integral part of Girl Scouting’s Financial Literacy initiative for girls ages 5 to 17, girls manage inventory, set goals, learn money management, and develop their own personal leadership style. Essentially, the girls run their own business. The entire troop sets a goal and creates an action plan leading toward that goal. Girl Scout troops use funds from the cookie activity to fund a service project or to plan for an exciting trip. Cookie funds are also used for council programs.

Girls will take pre-orders for cookies beginning December 31, with deliveries after February 9. Booth sales at many local stores and supermarkets will start February 11. If eager customers have trouble finding cookies near them, they can visit and use the Cookie Locator button or call 800-734-4541.

Since 1917, the Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program has become a famous annual event that has helped girls develop important leadership skills they will use throughout their lives. Whether they are dreaming of becoming a doctor, teacher, businesswoman, CEO of a Fortune 500 company or an engineer, the Girl Scout Cookie Program helps to build the self-esteem they need to reach for the stars.

Safety Notice: Girl Scout Cookies should be purchased only from someone affiliated with the Girl Scout organization to enure safety and freshness.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Girl Scouts Make Pillows for Children Hospital

The Juniors and Cadettes of Cordova Troop 357 stopped by the Children Hospital baring special gifts. Each Girl Scout made a fleece pillow to donate to a sick child. The pillows were winter themed, displaying a snow flake design. One Cadette went the extra mile. Kelley was generous enough to donate all her beanie babies to the hospital as well.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Gold Award Brings Disaster Awareness to Disabled

Sarah used her Girl Scout Gold Award project to help people with disabilities and the elderly learn about disaster awareness. Sarah gave “Go Kits” to families at the Madison County Buddy Walk, a walk for those with Down's Syndrome. She also donated “Go Kits” to the clients of the Center for the Developmentally Disabled. Sarah also set up a day at the Madison Senior Center to help senior citizens update their medical information. At each event, Sarah informed the community about the special needs that might arise for someone with a disability in the event of a natural disaster. To fund her project, Sarah used proceeds from Girl Scout Cookies sales to purchase items she couldn’t get through donations.

Sarah worked with the Madison Fire Department and the Madison Disability Board to make sure that this project will continue for years to come.

Sarah has been a Girl Scout for 12 years. She has earned her Bronze Award, Silver Award, helped lead two encampments, and two World Thinking Days. She has also helped with younger Girl Scout troops and Cub Scout troops.

Sarah is a senior at Bob Jones High School. She plans on attending college in the fall to study emergency medicine and is dual-enrolled in the EMT program at Calhoun Community College. She is the daughter of Beth and Vernon.