Day: March 12, 2018

Community Spotlight Girl Scouts Of The USA

Girl Scout cookie sales are more than just selling cookies. In this community spotlight, find out what cookie sales really means.
Pictured left to right: Jayla, A’Lona, T’Aliyah, and troop leader, Donisha Collier. Part of Troop 25102, Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama

Buy Thin Mints, buy Thin Mints, buy a box today. Enjoy them only once a year before they go away HEY! (Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells) It’s that time of year again, Girl Scout Cookies can be found on just about every street corner in America. I don’t know about you, but I love Girl Scout Cookies. Lucky for me, I have two personal Girl Scouts, two of my beautiful granddaughters (T’Aliyah and A’Lona) keep nanny stocked with those delicious cookies.

Yesterday was the beginning of National Girl Scout Week and today is National Girl Scout Day. In this month’s community spotlight, I am spotlighting Girl Scouts and my favorite troop, Troop 25102. National Girl Scout Day commemorates the birthday of the Girl Scouts of America.

As part of Girl Scout Week, National Girl Scout Day is observed annually on March 12th.

A’Lona, Daisy Classification

Girl Scouting in the United States of America began on this day, March 12, 1912, when Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting.  At this first troop meeting in Savannah, Georgia, there were 18 girls present.  For these girls, Juliette Gordon Low organized enrichment programs, service projects, and outdoor activities and adventures.  Since the time of the first meeting, Girl Scouts has grown to over 3.7 million members.

  • The organization’s original name was the Girl Guides of America
  • By 1920 there were close to 70,000 members
  • By 1930 there were over 200,000 members
  • In 2005 there were over 3.7 million members

Motto
“Be Prepared”

Slogan
“Do a Good Turn Daily”

“Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”

In honor of National Girl Scout Day, let’s celebrate all that the Girl Scouts have done to empower girls and what the organization has done for communities across the country.

I know you are wondering what Girl Scouts have to do with financial literacy. That’s where the cookie sales come in. Girl Scout Cookie sales is the number one financial literacy program for girls. Cookie sales help the girls with goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, entrepreneurship skills, and business ethics. Girl Scout cookie sales, teach the girls how to network with family, friends, and individuals that stop by our cookie booths.

While we may just view the cookies as a yummy treat that comes around once a year, please know that your support is helping to teach our girls valuable skills they will need in life. So next time you see a cookie booth, stop by and support the girls.

To Troop 25102 and all troops across the USA, we here at Traciebthreadford.com salute you and all you do to in teaching financial literacy! Special thank you to troop leader, Donisha Collier, for allowing me to spotlight our beautiful girls.

T’Aliyah & Jayla, Junior Classification

As you can see, Girl Scout Cookies are more than just a tasty treat, they are a learning tool for Girl Scouts.

Don’t forget, if you know of an organization or individual that is working to teach financial literacy or close the wealth gap in the African American community, you can nominate them for the community spotlight. Email me at Tracie@traciebthreadford.com for details.

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