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By Karina Ramírez / Denton Record Chronical Staff Writer
Margaux Khosraviani, 16, wants to purchase microscopes and slides and create printed resources for the Elm Fork Education Center’s Science Lending Library.
To raise funds for the project, she is hosting a chili cook-off and silent auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Elm Fork Education Center, 1704 W. Mulberry St.
“As a home-school student most of my life,” Khosraviani said, “I want to help home-school families that don’t have a way to purchase these [microscopes] for their families.”
Her event is also part of a service project to help her earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award within Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
In her project proposal, Khosraviani said Denton County had 4,500 middle school students and approximately 240 of them had microscopes. For home-school students like herself, there are fewer microscopes available, she wrote.
The goal of her project is to provide early and public access to science resources. Her project will cost approximately $2,600, and she has raised $230 so far, she said.
“I love science, and the interesting part of science is using microscopes,” she said.
Only 5.4 percent of eligible girls successfully earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, which requires participants to research a subject they are passionate about, design an action plan, build community support and implement a project, according to Khosraviani’s presentation. Scouts must also complete a minimum of 80 service hours — Khosraviani will have accumulated nearly 200 service hours by the time she finishes her project next spring.
Khosraviani also said in her presentation that in her council, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, more girls complete their gold award challenge than anywhere else in the country. Khosraviani is a member of Local Service Unit 416.
The Girl Scout Gold Award program, open only to girls in high school, started in 1916. Recipients of the award become part of an elite group of women who embody community leadership leaving behind a sustainable legacy, according to its website.
The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves more than 32,000 girls and 17,000 adults. It also serves 32 counties in the Northeast Texas region, including Denton, according to a news release.
The cost to attend Saturday’s chili cook-off is $2, and chili-tasting packets will be available for an additional $2. The event will include live music and a concession stand.
Khosraviani said she is still looking for chili-cook off participants. Cost to enter is $12.
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