LATICRETE, a global manufacturer, installation and finishing systems for the building industry, recently donated tile installation products to the Evergreen, Colorado Elementary School. The products are being used for a project that consists of four large pedestals, each clad with creative mosaic tile designs which are located in the school’s main lobby.

The mosaic tiles, which were donated by Becoming Tile, were to be installed by those students who also created their own designs for the pedestals. “I became involved with this project because the school's art teacher is an acquaintance of mine,” stated Keith DeWald, President of Becoming Tile. “The students put together some really great designs and did some of the initial installation work themselves. Now that summer has rolled around, their teacher and I are picking up some of the additional installation work when the school is open.”

Although DeWald is not usually an installer, he is able to get the job done using high-technology LATICRETE products along with some solid input from the LATICRETE technical department. Steve Rampino, LATICRETE Technical Service Training Supervisor stated, "We believe in good corporate citizenship and are committed to the communities where we work and reside. Clearly, we believe in supporting deserving projects such as this one."

"The products donated were very helpful," added DeWald. “For thin-set, we used LATICRETE 254 Platinum, and the grout we selected was LATICRETE PermaColor Grout. These products were very easy to use. Even a guy like me who does not know a great deal about mosaic tile installation was able to use these materials quite well. Knowing I can do that makes me positive that I can continue to complete the next phase of the job, and do it nicely."