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Boys Republic’s Board of Directors recently approved an expansion and upgrading of its main campus kitchen that serves disadvantaged students residing there. Named the Kitchen Replacement Project, it will provide broad-based training in culinary arts for teenagers approaching young adulthood.

The project expands the Teaching Bakery to create three separate learning areas: pastry doughs, breads, and deserts. Burns noted, “Student enrollment capacity in the bakery will increase by two-thirds. This will additionally help lower food cost for the residential program.” Finally, the existing Production Kitchen, originally constructed in 1917, prepares meals three times daily for 145 residential students and the staff who supervise them. A new Production Kitchen will update the facility to modern health and safety standards and create a vocational training opportunity in institutional cooking for student