OAKLAND -- It was again a successful year for Girl Scout Troop 30537 of Saint Theresa School.

After three years of selling Girl Scout cookies, these fifth-graders and sixth-graders are true veterans.

This year, the girls sold close to 3,000 boxes of cookies, evidence of their tenacious spirit, endless enthusiasm, and keen marketing skills. Unexpected rain, a rise in both the price of cookies and middle school homework did not discourage them.

Aside from supporting the Girl Scouts of America, altruism was their motivation. Every year, the girls donate a portion of their earnings to a charitable cause.

This year, Troop 30537 unanimously decided to make a donation to the production of "The Daughter's Voice," a documentary film by Oakland filmmakers Robin Mortarotti and Roy Cox.

Set against a backdrop of historic cultural change, "The Daughter's Voice" chronicles the transformation of five rescued slave girls from western Nepal into leaders of a movement to end child slavery.

Through the vision of retired attorney Olga Murray and the non-govermental organization (NGO) she established, the young women hold their government accountable, demand justice for themselves and the girls still captive or missing, and bond together to rebuild their shattered lives.

For more information about "The Daughter's Voice," go to www.thedaughtersvoice.com.

-- Roy Cox and Debra Yau, Saint Theresa School

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