Girl Scouts of Western New York recently hosted Cookies with the Congresswoman so the girls would have the opportunity to meet with Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-NY 25th Dist.
Slaughter spoke with the girls about how Girl Scouts influences young women. She answered questions about following a career in politics and the importance of diversity and the inclusion of women’s voices in government.
The girls explained the benefits of the Girl Scout cookie program and skills they learn through cookie sales. They also discussed their community work, such as collecting feminine hygiene items for women’s shelters and health care facilities.
“For a century, the sale of Girl Scout cookies has been empowering generations of young women to invest in their community and become great leaders and entrepreneurs,” Slaughter said. “I am so proud of the Scouts I met today. The determination and passion they are showing while participating in cookie sales will undoubtedly help give them the confidence and skills they need to succeed.”
Slaughter took part in the Thin Mints versus S’mores Challenge. Although she enjoyed the new S’mores cookie, she voted for Thin Mints as her favorite. She recalled selling cookies as a Girl Scout in Kentucky when she was a child, and remembered the impact that Girl Scouts had on her life.
“I had so much fun,” said Madelyn Sherrill, of Girl Scout Troop 60602. “It was an honor to meet such an accomplished woman. It was an amazing opportunity and I was so happy to sell cookies to people working hard in the government.”
Sherrill is considering attending college for political science studies and was able to ask Slaughter for advice.
“Our girls and staff were very honored to meet with Congresswoman Slaughter,” said Judith Cranston, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western New York. “We thank her for her long-time support of Girl Scouts.”
Booth sales in western New York will continue until March 26.
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