First-grader, finalist in national art competition receives $700 donation

Tuesday , February 27, 2018 - 5:00 AM1 comment

OGDEN — No matter where first-grader Bryson Chadwick places in the national art contest he’s a finalist for, he’ll get the prize he’s been aiming for. 

That’s because Coldwell Banker Realtor Doug Russell has just donated $700 to the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind Ogden campus, where Bryson is a student. The donation amount is equal to the Happy Hands art competition’s prize money.

Bryson’s mother said she believes her visually impaired son’s view of the world helped him simplify the message of his art submission. The contest, sponsored by Deb Group, required students to create an original design for a soap dispenser. 

“He is just such a cute little boy,” Russell said. “I loved his artwork and the story behind it.”

Russell also believes cleanliness is important and appreciates the opportunity to pay it forward to a community that has supported him in his business.

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“I didn’t know how good of a chance a guy from little old Ogden would have,” Russell said.

Bryson will find out this week about his prize from Russell as well as how he finished in the competition.

Online voting for the contest is open to the public through Wednesday, Feb. 28. The winner will receive a $200 gift card as well as $500 for his or her school.

Susan Thomas, director of communications for Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, said Bryson’s story generated much interest in donating to her school, an unexpected positive outcome from the story.

You may reach reporter JaNae Francis at or 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or on Facebook at

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