By Michelle Caceres

mosaic_logo_2758Some parents reward their children with monetary awards for good grades.  Twelve-year-old David Dominic scored gift cards when he earned A’s but it wasn’t his parents who opened their pocketbooks.

The generous gift was made by his father Jerry Dominic’s employer, The Mosaic Company, as part of its Good Grades Program, which rewards children of Mosaic employees in grades K-12 for A’s earned in Math, Science and English. The students are able to choose a $10 gift card from Wal-Mart, Target or Books-A-Million for each A in the eligible subjects. Rewards are earned after the second and fourth nine weeks’ grading periods.

Each of Dominic’s three children, David (a seventh grade student at Randall Middle School), John (a freshman at Newsome) and Justin (a senior at Newsome), has received Good Grade rewards from the company. David knew exactly how he was going to spend his reward this year.

“With all my cash I am going to get myself a fresh pair of kicks,” he said.

The Mosaic Company Public Affairs Manager Christine Smith said the program is very popular with both employees and their families and provides motivation for students and supports employee engagement. She said each year employees ask her if Mosaic is going to continue the Good Grades program, which has been in effect for 20 years, because their children look forward to the reward for doing well in school.

“The small $10 reward for an A in Math, Science or English is a big incentive for doing well in school,” she said. “The kids love it.”

For the first half of the 2013-2014 school year, 254 employees and 377 students participated in the program. During that time a total of $8,680 in gift cards was given to students. It’s another way the company supports its employees and their families.

The Mosaic Company employs more than 4,000 people in Florida and serves customers in approximately 40 countries around the world. It is the largest combined producer of potash and phosphates, two vital plant nutrients that help farmers generate more food per acre.

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MIchelle Caceres has been writing for the Osprey Observer for seventeen years. She enjoys writing human interest pieces about inspiring members of the community who are working to better our community. She lives in FishHawk Ranch with her husband and recently became an empty-nester. When not writing, Michelle is serving her church community, reading and enjoying Florida's weather.