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Local Girl Scout vows to sell more than 2,000 cookies

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published March 4, 2015

 Nyia George celebrates during a Girl Scout event with radio personality Frankie Darcell, at her annual Sister Strut walk to end breast cancer in October 2014.

Nyia George celebrates during a Girl Scout event with radio personality Frankie Darcell, at her annual Sister Strut walk to end breast cancer in October 2014.

Courtesy photo by Dionne George

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FARMINGTON HILLS— Selling 2,015 cookies in about a month might make some crack under pressure, but not East Middle School eighth-grader and Girl Scout Cadette Nyia George, who set this mark as a personal goal this year.

“I usually don’t sell that much, just sell to family and friends, but I wanted to go a little bit bigger,” the pint-size Farmington Hills resident said. “You can sell as many as you please.”

Last year, Nyia sold 750 boxes of cookies; the year before that, she had 880 of the delectable treats under her belt.

Nyia is a member of Cadette Girl Scout Troop #71169, based out of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit.

After already selling her first order of 775 boxes and selling almost 900 with the second one, her end-of-March deadline means one thing: She has roughly 1,115 boxes left to sell. She received her first order at the beginning of February.

“I’ve been moving a lot,” she said during a Feb. 26 interview at the Grand Bakery & Cafe with her mother and brother in tow.

Nyia, who has been in the Girl Scouts for the past six years, said she has easily sold about 2,500 cookies. She added that she thinks she is a “pretty good” salesperson.

She said the technique starts with asking people if they would like to buy Girl Scout cookies, with the profit going toward something sweet.

“Most people (who) buy cookies know it is going to a good cause,” she said.

Nyia said the money goes toward end-of-the-year Girl Scout trips, and this year her troop plans go to Savannah, Georgia. Because she has already surpassed some financial goals, she gets to go on the trip for free. She and her troop will learn more about the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, visit Spelman College, amusement parks, sight-see and eat, she said giddily. The trip is with a Hartford United Girl Scouts troop, which allows the girls to select the black college that they want to tour in the Atlanta area among Spelman, Morris Brown College and Clark University.

About 20 members are in her troop.


With the help of her family and friends, who often bring cookie order sheets to their jobs, she has been able to sell the Girl Scout cookies. She added that she also participates in cookie booths; her most recent one was at Country Lanes. She does not do door-to-door selling because of safety risks. She and her family pass out a flyer to each of the neighbors on their block, and several of them support Nyia and purchase cookies. 


“It is fun to see people actually care about their community and give back,” her mother, Dionne George, said. “It makes me happy to see people care about others.”


Shatonya Swift, troop leader for Cadette Troop 71169, said she volunteers with Girl Scouting because she sees the difference it makes for all the young women that come through the program.


“Nyia most certainly exhibits her leadership qualities within our Troop by facilitating each bi-monthly meeting,” she added. “Nyia’s responsibility is to make sure we are on task as a troop with our goals, and she most certainly set the bar high this year. With the help of the community, I am sure Nyia will reach her target and perhaps exceed it.”


Nyia said the boxes cost about $4 and the most popular cookie is Thin Mints, which is also her favorite one, too. She said the toughest part for her so far during the challenge is carrying the cases of cookies. Nyia said the boxes, which are now recyclable, often tear or break. She added that sometimes it is hard on a slow day, or when she runs out of cookies when people want some.


“I feel bad,” she said.


She said being a Girl Scout has taught her about leadership, friendship, helping others and more. She added that she has also matured.


George said she hopes what her daughter learns from this challenge is goal-setting.


“Then how to network with friends and family members,” she said, adding that selling Girl Scout cookies is a “group effort.”


George said her daughter has learned a lot about friendship and how to get along with girls, “which sometimes can be challenging.”


George, also a member of the Girl Scouts in her youth, said she “loved the Girl Scouts.”


“Our leaders were ladies that I looked up to and aspired to be like,” she said.


Monetary donations are used to send Girl Scout cookies to troops overseas through the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan’s Troops to Troops program, through a partnership with Operation Troop Aid, according to http://www.gssem.org.


Email 2015boxesofcookies@gmail.com for more information on how to purchase Girl Scout cookies or send donations.

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