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Girl Scouts, Cookies, and Cars

Published Mar 9th 2007, 10:05pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Firestone_1 Firestone Complete Auto Care Partners with Girl Scouts to teach them how to be safe drivers when they’re out delivering those cookies.

Not sure whether you’ve gotten your cookies yet, as the official on-sale date varies depending on where you’re located across the country, but as I sit here dipping Thin Mints into a glass of milk, I want to share some additional information about another Girl Scout program more relevant to our subject matter.

Girl Scouts of the USA is involved in a partnership with Firestone’s Complete Auto Care, which has lead to the development of “On the Road,” a program that encourages girls to be competent, smart and safe drivers.

Ap_girl_scout_changing_tire "On the Road" provides teenage girls, 14-17, with innovative hands-on activities to learn about automotive safety and maintenance, smart driving, and women's careers in the automotive industry (who knows, maybe some of them will grow up to be Ask Patty bloggers?). In 2007, the program's reach will have a direct impact on girls in more than 40 councils nationwide through its grants and Car Care Academies facilitated by Trisha Hessinger, automotive education specialist and professional driver. The program also reaches girls around the globe using original resources including the "On the Road" focus book, online games and e-cards, and appearances at girl-focused trade shows and events.

Firestone Complete Auto Care's investment has been leveraged by matching funds from the Department of Labor to create automotive industry internship opportunities. This dynamic duo and their efforts support GSUSA's continuous mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. Firestone Complete Auto Care is also an official Diamond Sponsor of Girl Scouts 95th Anniversary festivities to take place in June 2007.

Ap_girl_scouts_in_car The Firestone Complete Auto Care website is designed to meet consumers' automotive maintenance, repair, and tire needs in a convenient one-stop web shop. To find a store, or schedule an appointment for maintenance or repair visit

Meanwhile, if you haven't yet been personally asked by a Girl Scout you know, keep your eyes open for Scouts selling cookies outside retail and grocery stores near you.  The Girl Scouts will be featuring their all-time favorites including Thin Mints, Tagalong Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel deLites, Do-Si-Do Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads, as well as other delectable offerings. Depending on your local council, a box of cookies may be purchased for between $3.50 and $4.50, paid for at the time of delivery.

--Brandy Schaffels

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