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Girl Scouts start cookie sales

WANT A COOKIE?: The Girl Scouts have started taking orders for boxes of cookies and will start setting up booths in February.  Photo submitted

WANT A COOKIE?: The Girl Scouts have started taking orders for boxes of cookies and will start setting up booths in February.
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It’s that time of year again for little girls in uniforms to go door-to-door selling cookies.

Until March 16, the Girl Scouts will be selling their famous cookies. Girl Scouts will take orders until this Sunday and then on Feb. 21, troops will start setting up booths in front of businesses to sell cookies.

Karen Davis, product sales program manager for Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi said Samoas, Thin Mints, Trefoils, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Savannah Smiles, Thank U Berry Much, Dulce de Leche will be available again this year for purchase.

Davis said the program is about more than just selling cookies. She said the girls learn goal setting, money management, decision-making, people skills and business ethics through selling the cookies.

Each troop decides as a group how they choose to spend what they have collected as a group, Davis said.

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch is a former Cookie Mom and a supporter of the Girl Scout’s program.

“The Girl Scout cookie program isn’t just about sweet treats, its about teaching girls financial literacy skills that will last long after the last Do-Si-Do is gone,” Fitch said.

Davis said the cookie program is the largest financial literacy program for girls in the world.

Last year, the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi troops raised $700,000, Davis said. The Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi is comprised of troops in 54 counties, 9,000 girls and 3,000 adults.

“That little girl in the uniform is doing more then just taking advantage of your weakness for Thin Mints. She is building the financial literacy skills she needs to become a self-sufficient adult. Maybe even one of Mississippi’s future business leaders,” Fitch said.