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Three Batavia youngsters honored as top cookie sellers

BATAVIA – The bitterly cold winter created some harsh conditions for Girl Scout Katie Casey as she went door-to-door selling Girl Scout cookies.

“It’s not fun when it’s 9 degrees out,” the Batavia resident said.

But she persevered, and ended up selling 1,500 boxes of cookies, making her one of the top 15 cookie sellers for 2014 for the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois council. She is one of three Batavia youngsters to make the list.

Grace Beem and Kelly Thoman also sold 1,500 boxes each. All three girls are part of Girl Scout Troop 4825, which is based out of J.B. Nelson Elementary School in Batavia.

Troop leader Melissa Casey, Katie’s mother, is proud of their accomplishments.

“The girls do it themselves,” she said. “The girls are the ones doing the selling. They are pretty proud of themselves, and they should be, too.”

The troop collectively sold 5,178 boxes of cookies. Along with making door-to-door sales, the troop manned a booth at several stores in the area.

In order to draw more customers to the booth, the troop got creative and accented its booth with an Easy Bake oven, a homemade Girl Scout cookie recipe box and custom cookie wands made with ribbon to represent each Girl Scout cookie type the troop was selling.

Kelly Thoman said she spent the weekends selling, so she could make her goal.

“It was really cold,” she said. “We had to stand out in the cold for hours during booth sales.”

In the spirit of cooperation, Katie and Kelly stopped selling after they had reached their goals and helped Grace to reach hers.

One woman donated $80 – or 20 boxes – to get Grace closer to her goal, but the woman didn’t take the boxes, suggesting instead they be donated to the Lazarus House homeless shelter in St. Charles or the St. Charles fire station, Casey said.

The girls ended up donating 10 boxes to Lazarus House and 10 boxes to the St. Charles fire station.

Grace said she sold “every day it was possible.”

“It definitely wasn’t easy,” she said. “It was hard work. I’ve never sold more than 1,000 boxes before. It was a big leap in cookies.”

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