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Girl Power: Youthful ingenuity in action

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 | Posted by

By JOELLE BURNETTE
ROHNERT PARK CORRESPONDENT

Girl Scouts hang out on a busy Rohnert Park corner encouraging drivers to pull over and purchase some boxes of cookies as part of the annual fundraiser

If you were driving on Country Club Drive Saturday, you might have caught sight of a few young entrepreneurs disguised as Girl Scouts.

Kori Lacy, Makenna Mentor-Porter and Sophia Tiche from Troop 116 in Rohnert Park had already spent several hours on different days with their fellow troop members in front of the Raley’s grocery store and managed to sell about 100 boxes of the famed (and addictive) Girl Scout cookies.

But when these fourth-graders from Marguerite Hahn Elementary School decided to up their game, they made some signs, piled up their boxes of Girl Scout cookies on a wagon and head out with some parents over to the busy intersection of Country Club Drive and Santa Dorotea Circle where stop signs would provide a semi-captive audience. They set up “operation cookie” at the northwest corner where they attracted the attention of passers-by and sold boxes and boxes of cookies to drivers required to stop at the corner.

Girl Scouts (pictured from left) Kori Lacy, Sophia Tiche and Makenna Mentor-Porter

Within the first two and half hours, those young scouts managed to sell nearly 200 boxes of cookies and were running out of several varieties including Do-Si-Dos (darn it!).

Their bold move teaches them selling skills, teamwork, allows shy girls to break out of their shell, expands their money management skills, and encourages them to grow into strong women, explained parent volunteer Keith Lacy and the troop’s parent leader Rochelle Tiche.

“I admire them for their creativity,” said Michelle Kitchen who parked her car and purchased Samoa cookies made with coconut and caramel.

Don’t miss out on your chance to purchase Girl Scout cookies during the next two weeks at various locations in Rohnert Park…including in front of Raley’s.

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Parent Keith Lacy stands by as Girl Scouts Kori Lacy (pictured left) and Makenna Mentor-Porter (pictured right) approach stopped vehicles purchasing boxes of cookies

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