Cotreau Wins $600 Junior League Grant for Water Flea Study

GRANT MONEY OFFERS NEW LAB EXPERIENCE FOR STUDENTS -- Tina Cotreau experiments in the lab with forensic science student Walker Waters.

Savannah Smith

GRANT MONEY OFFERS NEW LAB EXPERIENCE FOR STUDENTS -- Tina Cotreau experiments in the lab with forensic science student Walker Waters.

Meghan Duncan, Staff Writer

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The Junior League Grant is a reward given by the the Junior League of Chattanooga (JLC) to teachers who have applied to win money for their class. Teachers are selected every year and the money is directed towards new projects and new experiences for their students.

This year, a science teacher here at Central was one of the teachers selected to win the grant. Christina Cotreau, has worked at Central High School for 12 years and every year, she goes a little bit further to make the year as enjoyable for her students as possible.

Cotreau had filled out an online application for the chance to win the grant earlier this year. Roughly three weeks ago, Cotreau had been informed that she had won the $600 grant for a class set of water fleas. She plans on exposing the fleas to drugs and other toxins and giving her students an opportunity to watch the fleas reactions to the different toxins. The students are already excited to start working on the fleas!

“Of course my students are excited it about, I’m doing it, duh!” remarked Cotreau.

Junior, Spencer Smith shares his feelings about not only the experiments, but the ability to be more engaged in the forensic science class.

“I’m excited about the project because it’s a different way to learn,” expressed Smith.

This is the third time winning the grant for her class and she could not be any happier. Several teachers have applied and won the grant, including Cotreau.

Central High School gives out a huge congratulations to Mrs. Cotreau for winning the money for her class. The school as a whole is very thankful that we have teachers who dedicate their time to making the learning environment of their students fun and enjoyable!

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