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Styrocoat® Spray Plastic Used at Give Kids The World Village

Eight year old Andrew could never sleep without his blanket and tonight was no different.  So when bedtime arrived and Andrew appeared restless, “Give Kids The World Village” counselors knew just what the problem was and started a campus-wide search.

Andrew was losing his fight with a deadly form of leukemia and knew that he would not survive much longer. After an exhaustive search of all of the usual places, Andrew was questioned again and quietly told a counselor that he threw his blanket “into the sky”.

The non-denominational campus chapel ceiling is exquisitely painted to look like the sky and that is where Andrew thought God was.  He knew that he would be with God soon and wanted to make sure that his blanket would be there when he went to heaven. 

Andrew managed to throw his blanket so that it came to rest on the perimeter of the tray ceiling earlier in the day and that is where counselors found it.  They managed to return it to Andrew so that he could get a good night’s sleep.  Andrew was with God a few days later.

This is just one of many stories that you will hear from volunteers at the “Give Kids The World Village” in Kissimmee, Florida; stories of courage, love, caring and an occasional happy ending as defined by a child conquering a life-threatening illness. 

Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets (Disney, Universal, etc.), meals and more for a week-long, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 85,000 families from all 50 United States and over 60 countries. 

Peter Yerke and Mark Monzeglio create most of the “whimsical” giant foam flowers, cookies, fruit, vegetables, figures and other creations that make up part of this themed environment.  Smooth-On’s EZ Spray®, Jr. system and ‘Styrocoat®’ foam coating is an important part making these pieces.  The coating provides a tough durable surface which is then painted by the artists.

Below are some examples of Mr. Yerke and Mr. Monzeglio’s handiwork which is on display throughout the village, and a "behind the scenes look" at the StyroCoat® foam-coating process.

For more information or to make a donation to this worthy cause, please contact;

Give Kids The World Village
210 South Bass Road
Kissimmee, FL 34746
407-396-1114
800-995-KIDS

www.gktw.org

 Gives Kids The World Village

1 - Gives Kids The World Village
 The production area for foam coating process, equipped with adequate ventilation, and compressor.

2 - The production area for foam coating process, equipped with adequate ventilation, and compressor.
 A leaf design is cut out of styrofoam for a ''giant strawberry''

3 - A leaf design is cut out of styrofoam for a ''giant strawberry''
 The production area is prepared for the spray process

4 - The production area is prepared for the spray process
 The static mixing wand is attached to the Styrocoat® spray cartridges

5 - The static mixing wand is attached to the Styrocoat® spray cartridges
 The cartridges are loaded into the EZ~Spray® gun.

6 - The cartridges are loaded into the EZ~Spray® gun.
 Craftsmen donning the proper Niosh approved respirators and also gloves, attached the tip and air feed to the EZ~Spray® gun.

7 - Craftsmen donning the proper Niosh approved respirators and also gloves, attached the tip and air feed to the EZ~Spray® gun.
 The first coating is applied. Notice the stacks of other cut-foam pieces awaiting the coating process

8 - The first coating is applied. Notice the stacks of other cut-foam pieces awaiting the coating process
 The second coat is applied very quickly. The coating will quickly cure to a tough, impact resistant, surface ready for paint.

9 - The second coat is applied very quickly. The coating will quickly cure to a tough, impact resistant, surface ready for paint.
 Peter Yerke displays the coated piece. The next step is to sand, paint and attach the leaves to the base of the strawberry

10 - Peter Yerke displays the coated piece. The next step is to sand, paint and attach the leaves to the base of the strawberry
 The Styrocoat® not only provides impact resistance, but allows the foam elements to be painted with durable, UV resistant paints which stand up well to the Florida sun.

11 - The Styrocoat® not only provides impact resistance, but allows the foam elements to be painted with durable, UV resistant paints which stand up well to the Florida sun.
 This demonstrates the finished 'leaves' shown in the spray pictorial

12 - This demonstrates the finished 'leaves' shown in the spray pictorial
 Close-up view. This strawberry is one of the many foam sculptures at GKTW.

13 - Close-up view. This strawberry is one of the many foam sculptures at GKTW.
 Richard Boturla (left) and Peter Yerke (right) stand alongside another Syrocoat® foam coated piece

14 - Richard Boturla (left) and Peter Yerke (right) stand alongside another Syrocoat® foam coated piece
 A stack of Giant Foam Cookies are lightweight and withstands children climbing on them

15 - A stack of Giant Foam Cookies are lightweight and withstands children climbing on them
 Richard Boturla (left) and Peter Yerke (right) stand beside the Huge Golden Carrots - another interesting example of what can be achieved using the Styrocoat® system

16 - Richard Boturla (left) and Peter Yerke (right) stand beside the Huge Golden Carrots - another interesting example of what can be achieved using the Styrocoat® system

                   
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