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Cookie sales teach business skills

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Jan. 11, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 10, 2013 at 7:11 p.m.

Rachel Goodwine was one of the top sellers of Girl Scout cookies last year in the Victoria area. "I'm learning about goal setting and how to handle money," Rachel says.

Rachel Goodwine pointed proudly to the newest badge on her Girl Scout vest - "Cookie CEO."

Rachel, a member of Troop 95012, sold more than 1,500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies last year, placing her among the top sellers in the Victoria area for the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas Council.

Her lofty sales number also netted her an iPod, movie passes, a necklace, alarm clock and several other new patches.

"I am trying for 2,000 this year," said the freckle-faced Vickers Elementary School fourth-grader. "The prize is a laptop."

The Cookie CEO badge is indicative of the skills learned by Girl Scouts through the annual cookie sales.

"I'm learning about goal setting and how to handle money," Rachel said.

In addition, the once timid 10-year-old is coming out of her shell.

"I used to be quiet and shy," said Rachel, who isin her fifth year of scouting. "I'm not so much anymore. I am also learning manners and how to be nice to people."

Victoria area cookie manager Jodie Tibiletti, whose daughter Reice Tibiletti, 7, is a member of Our Lady of Victory Brownie Troop 9553, said learning business skills are an essential aspect of cookie sales.

"They learn setting goals. They learn money management," she said. "It's communication, going door-to-door talking to customers. They learn self-confidence.

"Girl Scouts teach girls to be leaders."

Funds raised go directly to the girls' troops, helping pay for trips, patches and activities, said Tibiletti.

Rachel, pointing out that the theme of this year's sale is "What Can Girls Do?," had a quick answer.

"Anything," she said.

Her Cookie CEO badge is proof of that.



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