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TO THE EDITOR:

I would like to thank the community of Artesia and the deeply caring Girl Scout volunteers for a wonderful and supportive Girl Scout cookie season.

I am proud to say that 100 percent of the money from cookie sales stays in Artesia and benefits our local girls for things like financial aid, camp scholarships, starting new troops, and maintaining our wonderful Girl Scout Center. Individual troops will be using their cookie money to purchase uniforms and books for their members, registering them for the next year, taking trips this summer and for community service projects around Artesia.

These girls learned valuable skills from selling cookies like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics and they could not have done it without the support of our wonderful city and the awe-inspiring adults who work with them!

So, I would like to thank all of the parents of Girl Scouts who help the troops become successful and for encouraging your girls to be strong and follow through with their goals. Thank you to the troop leaders Louise Schwab, Yolanda Meier, Cassidy Wilson, Sara Barker, Christy Duncan and Kim Garcia for their tireless efforts in selling cookies and dealing with all of the numbers and our new online system. Lastly, I want to say a huge thank you to Ms. Betty Garcia for being our fearless cookie manager and being so giving of her time and attention.

Girls participating in Girl Scouts learn courage, confidence and character and I am honored to work with such great girls, volunteers and community members.

Yours in Scouting,
Maria Escamilla Landrie
Membership Manager