Vineyard Girl Scouts recognized for cookie selling prowess

Loralei Forgette (blue coat) with her sister Juliette, selling Girl Scout cookies. — Courtesy Adrienne Forgette

Two Martha’s Vineyard Girl Scouts earned recognition as members of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM) 500 Club. Each girl sold 500 or more packages of cookies during the annual December to March cookie sale.

Loralei Forgette of Edgartown just qualified with 500 packages, while Amity Harris of Oak Bluffs sold 600. Despite an average cookie season temperature of 29.9 degrees and 56.4 inches of snowfall, these girls were two of 227 girls in the GSEM region to achieve this level of cookie sales success, according to a press release.

“The cookie program is a valuable lesson in life skills and financial literacy, teaching girls five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics,” GSEM leader Kristen O’Reilly said in a press release. “During the cookie sale, girls work toward a common goal as part of a team. Money earned from cookie sales help to fund community service projects, field trips, summer camp tuition and more.”

Both girls were celebrated along with all GSEM 500 Club members in ceremonies held at Girl Scout Camp Wind-in-the-Pines in Plymouth on April 27 and Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham on May 4. Club inductees received recognition in front of their friends and family members, certificates marking their accomplishment, and incentives including Girl Scout-themed jewelry and X-Boxes.