By Special to the Daily World
MABLETON — Thirty-two girls from Fulton County were among 241 Girl Scouts recently honored as members of the Dough Getters Club for selling 1,000 boxes or more of Girl Scout Cookies during the 2011 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Lauren Bailey, Jabriel Brown, Kimora Carr, Okira Coleman, Sarah Cullen, Kiona Davis, Meghan Devine, Paydn Devine, Skye Fogle, Jessie Gadson, Amber Harris, Jackie Jackson, Myesha Jackson, Brionna Johnson, Kayla Lewis, India Martin, Alyssa Marx, Rebecca McIver, Maria Mendoza, Taylor Morgan, Ella Nelson, Jazzmine Patterson, Rian Philip, Penelope Realff, Kyra Rogers, Brenda Rolle, Carmen Ross, Shane Sparks, Nicole Teague, Shelby Thompson, Alessandra Viviano and Clark Washington were the top-selling Girl Scouts from Fulton County. By selling 1,000 boxes or more, these “Dough Getters” demonstrated with Girl Scout Cookies they have what it takes for success as entrepreneurs. Along the way they also learned their economic ABC’s and gained valuable life skills.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the premier financial literacy and entrepreneurial program for young girls. Many of today’s leaders, including former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, TV news anchor Monica Pearson, and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, started their “careers” with the Girl Scout Cookie Program. This business – run by girls – provides the opportunity for each girl who participates to learn five skills to use in her daily life: Goal Setting, Money Management, People Skills, Business Ethics and Decision Making.
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta is proud that 29,601 girls from 2,900 troops participated in the 2011 Girl Scout Cookie Program. These Girl Scouts generated $2.5 million to support their troop programs and community service. The 241 Girl Scouts who earned the distinct honor of membership in the 2011 Dough Getters Club further demonstrate how Girl Scouts are achieving great success. By equipping Girl Scouts with vital life skills, this treasured tradition of American culture has far-reaching benefit and impact for the girls who participate and their local communities.
Girl Scout Cookies have long been a major fundraiser for girls and their troops across the region, and is an integral part of Girl Scouting’s business and economic literacy initiative for girls ages 5-17. The program provides finance, marketing and public speaking skills as well as valuable experiences that develop girls’ personal leadership style. No other program offers girls so much in developing courage, confidence and character – and it all starts with a box of cookies. Many troops use cookie proceeds to help fund the more than 1.5 million hours of community service projects completed by girls every year.
Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program fund activities for individual troops as well as Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, including financial assistance for girls to participate in events, program fees, volunteer recruitment, training and maintenance of eight camp properties.