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FORTY-SIX Girl Scouts from all troop levels — Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes — sold 1,300 boxes of the official Girl Scout Cookies on Saturday at five Joeten locations.

Siblings Aubrey and Aycee Quitugua talk to a customer at Joeten Superstore on Saturday. Also in photo: NMI Girl Scout troop leader Neda C. Deleon Guerrero, center.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio
NMI Girl Scout Junior Emma Sablan prepares the chalkboard sign at her cookie table at Joeten Dandan on Saturday morning.  Contributed photo

Troop leader Jaki Fujihira said at each Joeten store, the Girl Scouts took turns selling cookies from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Each scout spent about 1.5 hours selling cookies, she added.

Fujihira said the event was well-received by the community. “People bought the cookies. The families [of these girls] are, of course, their biggest supporters and they bought a lot of cookies.”

The event, Fujihira said, also taught the girls “how to sell cookies, collect money and give out change — all the aspects of basic retail.”

Aubrey and her sister Aycee Quitugua were among the Daisies who sold cookies at Joeten Superstore.

Aubrey said she was able to practice her math skills. “A lot of people were buying boxes of cookies. I had to think fast — how much they needed to pay and how much was their change.”

The Girl Scouts will sell cookies every Saturday this month.

There are seven flavors of cookies: Lemon-Up, S’mores, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-si-Dos, Tagalongs, and Thin Mints.

Each box of cookies costs $5, except for S’mores which is $6 a box.

“This is probably the first time that CNMI Girl Scout cookies are being sold in our community,” local Girl Scout cookie manager Michelle Sablan said. “I could not have been more proud of our Girl Scouts, troop leaders, volunteers, parents and supporters — it’s an amazing event.”

To ship the cookies to Saipan, Sablan said U.S.A. Girl Scouts Overseas Japan Office Member Development Manager Victoria Adams helped the NMI Girl Scout Overseas Committee communicate with the U.S. Army & Air Force Exchange Service and the Girl Scout Overseas Cookie Program in Italy.

“With the assistance and coordination of the AAFES store here, the cookies were delivered and cleared just in time for cookie season,” Sablan added.

The cookie season will run until Feb. 29.

“We will have about two more Saturdays in our cookie season,” Sablan said.

The U.S.A. Girl Scout Cookie Program is “one of the world’s most successful and largest girl-led business efforts, generating $700 million each season and providing girls around the globe training opportunities in leadership and entrepreneurship skills through hands on learning and engagement.”

Sablan said the proceeds from the cookie sales will fund the local troops’ programs. These include “learning important development skills in areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, creative and critical thinking, intrapersonal communication and leadership, which are all important in cultivating life skills.”

In a statement, NMI Girl Scouts president Tania David thanked Joeten Enterprises for “giving the young scouts a safe space to practice and learn.”

She likewise thanked Fiesta Resort & Spa for providing space for the scouts’ recent cookie rally as well as the Bank of Guam, DFS, NMC Business Program, and Marianas Variety for their support.

“We also want to thank each and every one of you for supporting our NMI Girl Scouts and their first cookie program — it is a success because of you, and they will have such wonderful learning experience because of it. Thank you for giving to our community in such a way because strong girls equal a stronger community,” David said.

For more information, visit the NMI Girl Scouts Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/nmigirlscouts or follow their Instagram page @nmigirlscouts

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