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School construction project calls for gobs of dough

By Joe Vigil 10:23 PM December 17, 2013

Gingerbread village was made with more than 120 pounds of dough, 40 pounds of chocolate and 40 pounds of icing

ANCHORAGE – Although most school construction projects cost millions of dollars, one involved dough of a different kind in Anchorage.

A gingerbread village is now complete at Airport Heights Elementary School. The village was made completely by hand by third grade teacher John Williams. His students also pitched in by adding a few houses.

Williams used more than 120 pounds of dough, 40 pounds of chocolate and 40 pounds of icing. A clock tower is four feet tall, taller than some of his students. Williams gets a big kick out of the holiday project, he said.

“One of the biggest pleasures I have is knowing I created a long-lasting memory with my students,” Williams said.

A village hotel is modeled after the Captain Cook Hotel, and actual the hotel donated some chocolate and icing. The project took about three months to complete, Williams said.

 

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