SCUSD Girl Scouts support troops with cookies

e-Connections Post Matsuyama Genevieve F. Didion

When Stanley Echols was stationed in Guantanamo Bay with the National Guard, he received a most welcome gift: 75 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.

“The Girl Scout cookies that I received and dispersed in Guantanamo Bay was such an uplifting experience and gesture for so many soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and coasties,” says Echols, a reserve officer who is a director in SCUSD’s Student Hearing and Placement Office.

The cookies were from Troop 2103, whose members include 13 girls from Matsuyama Elementary and one who attends Genevieve Didion K-8. Troop Leader Lara Roach says the girls also sent 185 boxes of cookies to troops in Kandahar, Afghanistan, two years ago. The Girl Scouts used some of their cookie sales proceeds to pay for the shipping.

“Sometimes we can forget that a little gesture of goodwill goes a long way for troops so far away from home,” says Echols.  

If you would like to purchase cookies for deployed district employees or the families of deployed district employees contact Roach at or Johanna Kirkman at