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FDSH student writes book

Zach Williams, 15, produces pizza parable

October 29, 2012
By BRANDON L. SUMMERS, , Messenger News

Zach Williams, a student at Fort Dodge Senior High, has written a book.

Williams, who is deaf, wrote a 15-page elementary-level book for children about working at the local Papa Murphy's, titled "What Do You Want on Your Pizza?"

"I wrote it for my mom," Williams said. "I wrote about the different things I put on the pizza."

According to Williams, the book took only three weeks to write and produce.

"We took pictures first at Papa Murphy's," Williams said. He then went to school and wrote the story. "I put the pictures and the story together."

Last week, Williams toured the book at three Fort Dodge Community School District elementary schools: Butler, Duncombe and Cooper.

With help translating from Angie Copper, one of Williams's instructors, Williams student spoke to elementary students through sign language, reading from his book, presented as a digital slideshow.

Copper, FDCSD instructor for the deaf, said she was proud of Williams' efforts.

"He did a wonderful job. He worked really hard," she said. "We work for an hour a day on his writing. I thought this was a good idea, for him to start writing his own book."

Williams also took time to teach the students some signs.



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