Girl Scouts in the local council’s 23-parish jurisdiction sold more than 1 million boxes of cookies during this year’s cookie program, with the per-girl average increasing to 153 boxes.

A total of 211 girls entered Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s Cookie Hall of Fame for selling more than 500 boxes of cookies, including 17 girls who sold more than 1,000 boxes.

Many of the Girl Scout super sellers had attended the council’s Smart Cookie U event in January, where girls learned goal setting, marketing strategies, sales tips and other financial literacy skills, which are integral parts of the cookie program, a news release from Girl Scouts Louisiana East said.

“Participating in the Girl Scout Cookie program is very rewarding for girls, because not only are they learning important skills, they are earning money for their troop’s activities as well as supporting Girl Scouting in southeast Louisiana,” said Alisha Moore, vice president of sales at Girl Scouts Louisiana East.

Another side benefit comes from the cookies that are donated through the council’s Gift of Caring and iGive programs, where customers pay for cookies for troop-selected, community organizations and nonprofits.

More than 13,000 boxes of cookies were donated through Gift of Caring to nearly 200 local organizations such as food banks, firefighters, police and hospitals, with a significant number of cookies going to military men and women serving overseas.

This year, the council also distributed more than 6,000 boxes to Blue Star Mothers, the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Girl Scouts Louisiana East serves girls in kindergarten through 12th grade in Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.

Addie Louviere, of Prairieville, sold 1,272 boxes. Also selling more than 1,000 boxes were Millie Black and Lacey Bowman, both of Prairieville.

Selling 500 or more boxes were Zoe Wooten, Geismar; Kathleen Gillis and Haley Carney, Gonzales; Emma Gaudet and Maci Guillot, St. Amant; Juliet Davis and Isabella Schexnaydre, Sorrento; and Gabrielle Mobeley, Grace Chustz, Laura Aime, Kimber Schwartz, Samantha Trabeaux, Michelle Frances Stutes and Julia DeGeneres, of Prairieville.