Source: Parrish Village News
What do STEM education and crop nutrients have in common? They are both vital to sustaining our future food supply. In central and southwest Florida, The Mosaic Company tackles both with a program focused on the success of the company’s employees, their families and communities.
As the world’s largest producer of phosphate and potash based crop nutrients, Mosaic remains committed to recognizing children of its employees for top grades in math, science and English through its Good Grades incentive program for more than eight years. In fact, last semester alone, Mosaic has provided more than $8,500 in gift cards to 377 Florida students for their accomplishments.
Even as Mosaic’s Florida workforce tops 4,000, the company works to ensure that not only its employees succeed but also that an employee’s entire family thrives. As the 2013-14 school year comes to a close, Mosaic is recognizing students across central and southwest Florida who earned top grades in STEM subjects. These bright students set an example of success for the entire community.
One student recently recognized was Zack Morris, a resident of Parrish whose mother works in the Fish Hawk Reclamation Department at Mosaic in Lithia. Zack is an exemplary student! He goes to Johnson Middle School and is a hard worker and achiever. Zack says, “The Good Grades program is an incentive to achieve. I have completed my middle school work and am already taking high school courses.” Zack hopes to go to Georgia Tech after high school or possibly MIT or Stanford and major in aerospace engineering.
Zack loves reading, computer programming and playing video games. He is also involved in the new Manatee Youth Rowing Program for middle school children. He has recently participated in the two-week camp down at the Fort Hamer Rowing Fa- cility where they practice four hours a day. He is also involved in many community service activities like SCUBAnaults International and the Gold Star Family Support for wounded veterans.
Zack is quite an enterprising young man. Mosaic awards cards to achieving stu- dents twice a year. He has taken his awards (gift cards) and sold them to his mother. Then, he took the money and invested it in the stock market and is earning on his investments.
Zack’s mother, Laura, is impressed with Mosaic for supporting the family and providing incentives for education of young people. She has been associated with the mining industry for 18 years and has been with Mosaic for two years.
Florida is home to the headquarters of Mosaic’s phosphate operations and many of the company’s phosphate production facilities.