DonorsChoose: Fire the Neurons

At Knovation, we’re committed to helping educators and learners. What better way to do that than to select one of the many worthy causes on DonorsChoose and contribute to a teacher, student, classroom, school or district?  We’re doing something good for kids, every day, just like the educators who post requests on DonorsChoose. This is our first selection of 2017 with more to follow!


‘Fire the Neurons!’ This catchy little headline caught our attention, introducing us to a DonorsChoose request from Mrs. Hicks, Health and Life Science teacher at Hancock High School in Kiln, Mississippi. Go Hawks!

Mrs. Hicks’ request consists of three Fire Tablets with 7-inch screens, Wi-Fi, and 8 gigabytes of storage. She’s also asking for three Incipio Clarion Folio Fire Cases to protect the tablets. These tools will engage students in online learning activities, such as demonstrations, special projects, and self-evaluations.

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Mrs. Hicks strives to make each lesson come alive in the classroom! Using game-based learning platforms like Kahoot and Quizlet Live, Mrs. Hicks is able to present online competitive review games and transform ordinary worksheets into activities that generate excitement for assignments where computers can be used as a resource.

Hancock High School is committed to providing opportunities for students through the theme, “Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow.” With enrollment of nearly 1,300 students, they are ranked 8th out of 249 high schools in the state of Mississippi, recognized by ACT National Corporation as a high-performing school and have produced six National Merit finalists over the past four years.

Hancock Performing Arts Center, celebrated its grand opening in February 2016 and supports students in their zest for drama, music, dance, writing and film. Designed for student performances or hosting private events, HPAC is generating enthusiasm for the arts throughout the entire Gulf Coast community.

Hancock’s Athletics host programs for boys’, girls’ and coed teams in the more traditional sports such as football, soccer and volleyball. They also offer archery, debate, cheer and powerlifting to name a few. The 2016 Lady Hawks Volleyball team won a state title. Of course, one of the most famous Hawks: NFL Hall of Famer, Brett Favre.

Students strive for a well-rounded education and practice PRIDE: Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline and Excellence. They find themselves at graduation, “fully prepared to spread our wings and soar to new heights.”

Mrs. Hicks’ DonorsChoose request will reach at least 75 students. If you’d like to help her achieve her goal, contribute here.

Knovation salutes Mrs. Hicks. She’s doing something good for kids, every day!  Teach on, Mrs. Hicks!


Knovation is committed to curating, contextualizing, tagging, aligning and maintaining OER for learning through our applications, netTrekker and icurio. Through strategic partnerships with other organizations in the K-12 space, we also integrate our Content Collection with learning management systems, assessment solutions, and learning object repositories. Together we’re meeting the diverse needs of students and teachers around the globe.

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