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El Dia de los Ninos!

On April 8, 2001, Daisy Troop 26 from Flower Mound, under the leadership of Shawn DuLemba, visited Cross Timbers Girl Scout Council Office in Denton.  The kindergarteners met with Council CEO Kimberly Karl, presenting her with a wall mural to commemorate El Dia de los Ninos, or Children's Day.  The mural will serve as a backdrop for the artwork and written messages being sent to council by Girl Scouts of all ages from the council's five county area.  The visiting Daisies also presented "milagritos" (or "little miracles") handmade ornaments with messages expressing their hopes, dreams and wishes.

El Dia de los Ninos - Children's Day - is a new national holiday first observed on April 30, 1999.  It was initiated in 1996 in San Antonio, TX by the National Latino Children's Institute.  It's purpose is to value, uplift and celebrate all children while also directing community attention toward the issues affecting its youngest.

Children often ask why there is a Mother's Day or Father's Day, even a day for secretaries and bosses, but no Children's Day.  That is, if children are so important to our future, then why do we not honor them in a similar way?  Other nations already celebrate a Children's Day (Japan/Korea - May 5; Canada - Nov 20; Turkey - April 23; Mexico - April 30).  Since we share the Mexican border and many US citizens already observe April 30 as Children's Day, that is the date that has been officially adopted by the US.  Traditions rooted in Latino culture have become part of this new celebration, and each community is encouraged to embrace this day in a manner uniquely its own.

Many organization in addition to Girl Scouts support this initiative, including Bell Atlanta, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Scholastic Inc., Walt Disney, Kellogg, Ford Motor, UPS, and IBM to name a few.  For more information on ways to celebrate Children's Day, contact the council, or the National Latino Children's Institute at (512)472-9971.

GIRL SCOUT LICENSE PLATES!

Available throughout the State of Texas, these specialty plates are available for passenger vehicles and light trucks. Annual fee for the plates is $30 in addition to regular registration fees. $20 from each sale will be set aside to benefit educational projects sponsored by the Girl Scout Councils of Texas. Show your support of Girl Scouting!
 
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IT'S COOKIE TIME!

You can hardly hear the word "cookie" without conjuring up images of adorable Girl Scouts decked out in green, brown, or blue with precious smiles on their faces and boxes of Thin Mints in their hands. Like most, you’ve probably even experienced the amazing salesmanship of a Girl Scout. Who can resist purchasing from them those mouth-watering cookies, which can only be bought for about 2 weeks out of every year?

If you’re like most people when a Girl Scout shows up at your door, your heart melts as she hands you her cookie order form and pen, and you wonder if your freezer is going to hold the 10 boxes you’re about to buy. Then you remember that she’s not just raising money, she’s building life skills for the future, and you ask her (so she can practice), "How much are the cookies this year, and when will they be delivered?" And this enchanting Girl Scout at your door proudly responds to your questions and also tells you what her troop is raising money for, and she immediately looks up at her mom who’s beaming at her daughter with approval and pride. And you try and kid yourself, as you watch her skip down the sidewalk to the next house to sell 10 more boxes "I won’t buy that many from the next one…" Right.

Well, it’s that time of year, and the 4500 Girl Scouts of Cross Timbers Council are once again selling Girl Scout cookies. According to Kimberly Karl, Executive Director for Cross Timbers Council, "Girl Scouts have been selling cookies for over 80 years, and the Girl Scouts of Cross Timbers Council which serves girls in Cooke, Denton, Grayson, Montague, and Wise counties have been a part of this tradition since 1956." Ms. Karl also expressed enthusiasm over this year’s cookie sale saying that "the newly designed Girl Scout Cookie boxes show real-life Girl Scouts participating in contemporary activities like playing high adventure sports and exploring careers in aviation, fire fighting, broadcast television, and veterinary medicine. And each Girl Scout develops a wide range of skills- like leadership, money management, decision-making, planning, goal setting, interpersonal, teamwork and much more through the cookie selling process.

Junior Troop #417 in Lewisville is using their profits from selling cookies to take trips and work on community service projects. One of this troop’s scouts, Anna Marshall, said "The money from this year’s sale will pay for our trip to Sea World in San Antonio, and we’re also hoping to save some of the profits for a trip to Savannah in a couple of years."

Marshall also indicated that her troop especially loves the booth sales. They’ve even created a slogan to chant as encouragement for people to buy. "Girl Scout Cookies get ‘em while they last – cause they’re going fast. $3.00 a box – only sold once a year." Last year Anna sold over 500 boxes, and expects to do about the same this year.

The success of the Girl Scout cookie sale year is largely attributed to the excellent community support in the Cross Timbers Council’s five county area. According to the Mayor of Denton, TX, Euline Brock, "Girl Scouts selling cookies is a part of the fabric of our community. It’s part of our Americana." She personally expressed appreciation for what the Girl Scout program does for the girls in the Denton community, and with a smile on her face, Mrs. Brock also stated, "Nobody could be grouchy enough to say no to a Girl Scout selling cookies."

Real Girl Scout cookie fans can probably recite the names of their favorite cookies in their sleep. Maybe you’re already dreaming about the "Thin Mints" - thin peppermint wafers covered with smooth cocoa-coating. Or possibly you’re craving the "Samoas" – tender vanilla cookies, covered on top and bottom with caramel, rolled in toasted coconut, and striped with a rich, cocoa coating. But don’t just stop your order with these two national top sellers this year – the new "Aloha Chips" with Macadamia nuts and creamy white fudge chips are promising to be one of this year’s big sellers. And the other cookie favorites like Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs, Lemon Drops, and Apple Cinnamon are still on the buying list, too.

With an ever-increasing concern for the safety of the girls in the scouting program, many troops have begun exploring new creative ways to sell cookies. The door-to-door approach is still popular, but the booth sale has had incredible success in the past few years. Between February 9th and February 25th this year, troops will be seen around town in front of major stores setting up cookie booths and selling cookies.

If you haven’t been asked to buy cookies yet, don’t miss your once a year chance, give the Girl Scouts Cross Timbers Council a call at (940)382-6961 or (877)664-1220 and let them know you’re interested. They will inform you where a cookie booth is near you, or make sure a Girl Scout contacts you to take your order.

Look for articles like this one in February of 2001 in the Lewisville News and the Denton Record Chronicle.

 

last updated 04/27/01 14:49