Area Girl Scouts recognized as great cookie sellers

Photo by Michael Braun

Photo by Michael Braun

COVINGTON -- Nine area Girl Scouts are now Dough Getters.

Five girls from Newton County and four from Rockdale County were among 241 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.

Abby Allwood, Hannah Bryson, Taylor Langlois and Christal Moss were the top-selling Girl Scouts from Rockdale County, and Brittany Allen, Kelsey Cook, Amberly Savanna Cox, Giselle Osborn and Lidzie Owen were the top-selling Girl Scouts from Newton 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 ABCs and gained valuable life skills, according to Girl Scout officials.

After 10-year-old Cook sold more than 500 boxes last year, this year she was determined to beat that number -- originally, she wanted to sell 2,000 boxes, but her grandparents talked her down to a more reasonable amount of 1,000 boxes.

"If you reach a limit, you can get whatever you want," said Cook, whose favorite Girl Scout cookies are Samoas and Do-si-dos.

She sold more than her goal this year, thanks to family, friends, family friends, previous year customers and going around door to door in area neighborhoods with her grandparents, Donald Sr. and Debbie Cook.

"I still have people wanting cookies," Debbie said.

Donald even built a wagon for Kelsey and her sister, who is a Brownie this year.

"They worked hard," Debbie said. "She just goes and goes, and I just go with her."

Kelsey's biggest supporter is her uncle Ken -- he bought two-and-a-half cases, or about 30 boxes, this year.

For selling so many cookies, Kelsey received an iPod Touch, an i-Dog speaker, a Girl Scouts cup, a wallet and a badge and medal, among other prizes.

Next year's goal: 1,500 boxes.

"Every year, she works really hard," Debbie said.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a financial literacy and entrepreneurial program for the girls. Female leaders such as former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, TV news anchor Monica Pearson and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor started their careers in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. The program provides five skills for girls to use in their daily lives: goal setting, money management, people skills, business ethics and decision making.

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta had 29,601 girls ages 5 to 17 from 2,900 troops participate in the 2011 Girl Scout Cookie Program. They generated $2.5 million to support their troop programs and community service projects.

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.

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Inc. serves 34 counties in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area, northwest Georgia and Polk County, Tenn.

More information on how to join, volunteer or donate to Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Inc. is available by calling 800-771-4046 or visiting www.gsgatl.org.