Learning is for everyone

Johnson Insurance needs your vote by August 31 to win $10,000 for Cognition. Read about their amazing dedication to providing interactive, community spaces for people of all ages to come together through play, exploration and creative growth. Then vote for them by using the social media share buttons or by leaving a comment when you reach the end of their story.

They say knowledge is power. But for the small town of Mocksville, North Carolina, knowledge is much more than that. It’s a driving force for community, togetherness and growth.

“We want to create an interactive space for children, families and the community to play and learn together.”

— Becca Lard, education center manager, Cognition

 

Helping children develop their passions

Not many towns can say they have a museum specifically for children. Cognition made this a reality for Mocksville when they founded a children’s museum and an all-ages Makerspace to enrich the lives of residents and visitors alike.

Children come to the museum for hands-on learning about topics including science, technology, engineering, arts and math. They’re able to explore different hobbies and life skills that help shape their growing interests and future careers.

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Justine Sandoval, an account manager at Johnson Insurance, helps students make slime in a science experiment at Cognition.

In addition to the children’s museum, Cognition offers a Makerspace for teens and adults, where they can take classes on practical life skills like sewing and cooking, or new technology like 3D printing. “We want to create an interactive space for children, families and the community to play and learn together,” says Becca Lard, education center manager at Cognition. “Learning is for everyone.”

Partnering through the ups and downs

Johnson Insurance has been involved with Cognition since the very beginning. With shared goals to provide education and build strong personal relationships in the community, the partnership was a natural fit.

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Hayley Coggins, senior account manager at Johnson Insurance, enjoys the Cognition farm exhibit during a children’s field trip.

Cognition had just opened in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home orders forced the team to close their doors. Johnson Insurance was at the ready, helping to adjust the nonprofit’s insurance coverages as needed and identify opportunities for grants and financial assistance.

As Cognition opened back up in June 2021, the Johnson Insurance team was eager for more hands-on volunteering. Several staff members signed up to help lead children’s field trips. Jessica Yarbrough, vice president of operations at Johnson Insurance, joined Cognition’s board of directors and helped ramp up programming.

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Jessica Yarbrough, vice president of operations at Johnson Insurance, takes a selfie with her son, Carter, during a Cognition field trip.

The collaboration reached an all-time high earlier this year when two Cognition staff members had to call in sick right before a field trip for 75 children and their parents. When the Johnson Insurance team heard what was going on, they jumped right in to help facilitate. “We were so thrilled to help when Cognition needed us most,” says Jessica Yarbrough.

 

“We were so thrilled to help when Cognition needed us most.”
— Jessica Yarbrough, vice president of operations, Johnson Insurance

 

 

How to Vote

A Make More Happen Award from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance will allow Cognition to upgrade its customer relationship management (CRM) software, invest in staff development and grow the Makerspace class offerings.

Help Johnson Insurance win the full $10,000 donation for Cognition by cheering them on with a comment below and sharing their story on social media using the Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn buttons!

 

If your agency volunteers with a 501(c)3 nonprofit, learn how you can win a Make More Happen Award here.

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Casey
4 hours ago

This would be great!

JHJ
9 hours ago

Wonderful opportunity

Ken
15 hours ago

Yay Cognition!

Ken
15 hours ago

Awesome

Kerri
15 hours ago

Fantastic

Kerri
15 hours ago

Yayyyyyy

Brian
15 hours ago

Such a great place!

Brian
15 hours ago

Cognition is awesome!

Becca
15 hours ago

Yayyy Cognition!!!

Linda
17 hours ago

Yea!

Linda
17 hours ago
Linda
19 hours ago

Yea

June
2 days ago

Cognition = happy kids

June J
2 days ago

Keep up the good work.

Christian C.
2 days ago

Woo-hoo, Cognition! Doing great things for the community.

Hills
2 days ago

We love Cognition!!

Ann
2 days ago

Proud to be partners,with an insurance co. That cares about their community.

John Orsillo
2 days ago

Good job

Tyler
2 days ago

Yay!

Gus
2 days ago

Great!

Mila
2 days ago

Woo!

Penn
2 days ago

Yayyyy

Lisa D
2 days ago

Cognition is the best!

Lisa D
2 days ago

Yay

John
2 days ago

Yay!

Frank
2 days ago

🙂

Linda
2 days ago

Awesome!

Graham
2 days ago

Yay!

Debbie
2 days ago

Cognition is a fantastic learning center for Davie County.

Sherry
2 days ago

Been a customer for 25 years. Great service

David
2 days ago

Awesome

Foster
2 days ago

Fantastic!

Joe
2 days ago

Love it!

Marky Mark
2 days ago

Wonderful place and staff!

J M
2 days ago

Mocksville is lucky to have a place such as Cognition!

Mark
2 days ago

Great place!

Jerry
2 days ago

Hooray!

John
2 days ago

Go Cognition!

Walker
2 days ago

Yay!

Stephanie
2 days ago

Ya Cognition!

Kristin
2 days ago

Woo!

Lana
2 days ago

Yay

Grant
2 days ago

Ya!

Michelle
2 days ago

Yay!

Trish
2 days ago

So cool!

Joey
2 days ago

Yay!

Rebecca
2 days ago

So close!

Becca
2 days ago

Yay cognition!

Frank M.
2 days ago

yay!

Adam
2 days ago

yay!

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