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The Girl Scouts' cookie sales pitch might be harder to resist after they graduate Saturday from their Cookie College at The Mall at Hays.

Fifty-two scouts will learn lessons in business and life from five businesswomen from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guided by a representative from the mall's office, the girls will visit Bath & Body Works, Maurices, Tandy's Hallmark Shop, Bling and Famous Footwear and listen to the stores' staff share their experiences.

The tour will emphasize five traits: business ethics, goal setting, people skills, money management and decision making.

"We attempt to break those five skills down and show the girls how that learning these five skills through their product sales follows them with their rest of their life and developing their life skills," said Lisa Cech, regional Girl Scouts' product salesperson.

The 20-minute sessions in the stores include time for questions and answers. The professionals will share how their insight can improve the scouts' sales techniques.

"We try to also educate those girls in knowing, you know, you're not just selling cookies, you're running a business," Cech said.

The program reflects the Girl Scouts' approach to learning.

"The great thing about so many of the things that the girls do is that they have fun learning all these life skills and don't even realize it's an educational moment," Cech said.

The scouts will sell cookies from Feb. 8 to March 9.

The Hays Area Chamber of Commerce will visit their booth at the mall 4 p.m. Feb. 14 for a ribbon cutting.