Every year, around 50 students at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) take a Home Economics class to learn important life skills such as cooking and baking. Once the school returns to in-person learning after the pandemic, students will learn these skills using a free, gently-used electric range provided by Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks Program!

Located on the Gallaudet University campus, KDES serves deaf and hard of hearing students from the Metropolitan Washington, DC area. Tuition at the school is free and students can attend through 8th grade. In 2020, the Kendall Parent Teacher Association (KPTA) applied on behalf of the school for a Community Building Blocks grant to replace the electric range in the home economics classroom.

“Community Forklift’s grant program really helped the school by providing one free stove for the school’s EC class. They had a really old stove that was not really working very well. Now with this stove, the deaf children will learn the most important life skill: cooking and baking,” said Harish Ramroop, Treasurer of KPTA.

Thanks to Harish and the Kendall PTA for their contributions to the school. We are glad we could help with this project!

KDES was founded in 1857 by the U.S. Congress and today is operated by the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University. If you would like to learn more about KDES, please visit https://kdes.gallaudet.edu/.


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