Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Justin Osmond, son of Merrill Osmond has been on an intense training schedule since September of 2014 to run the biggest & longest trek of his life. He isn’t running for himself, he’s running 250 miles to raise awareness and financial support for 25 deaf children living in Southern Utah who will be receiving the gift of better hearing.

This Run 4 Hearing event will kick off the start of this trek on Saturday May 2nd starting in Justin’s hometown of Ephraim, UT located at: Canyon View Park, 650 S. 100 E starting at 9 AM. This will begin with a press conference at 8:45 AM and then a 5K Fun Run (open to the public). This will also kick start Justin’s 250 miler to St. George where the kids will be anxiously waiting to receive their new hearing devices.
On Saturday May 9th at the finish line in St. George (location and time TBD), there will be another benefit run entitled “Super HEAR-O 5K Fun Run.” A grand celebration will take place as family, friends, and many community members will come together to pay tribute to our young Super HEAR-O’s that deserve to hear life’s precious sounds.

All the proceeds from this Run 4 Hearing event will benefit the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund (OOHF). The OOHF is excited to announce their partnership with the Washington County School District Foundation. Together they will work towards their goal in helping many deaf & hard of hearing students within the Washington County School District with better hearing.

“We are thrilled and so excited to partner with the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund in this worthy endeavor to help many of our deaf & hard of hearing students in our school district. I’m excited to see them excel and reach their greatest dreams and aspirations through the gift of better hearing.”
Pam Graf ~ Director of Washington County School District Foundation

Olive Osmond was the matriarch of the world-famous Osmond singing family. Two of her children were deaf and she devoted her life to helping people with hearing loss. “The reason the original Osmond Brothers started performing in the first place, was to raise money to buy hearing aids for their deaf siblings. I’m simply paying it forward to help more deaf people who don’t have the resources, and to empower them to be all they can be.” Justin says.

For more information about Justin Osmond’s 250 Mile Benefit Run, visit

Founded in 2010, the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund ( serves both the deaf and hard of hearing communities with education, resources, and cutting-edge hearing equipment and devices. Justin Osmond started the organization in honor of his grandmother, Olive Osmond, the matriarch of the world-famous singing Osmond family. Justin Osmond, an accomplished violinist, is himself 90% deaf. Since 2010, Olive Osmond Hearing Fund has provided hearing aids to over 2,500 children around the world, and has outfitted several school districts with equipment to help teachers better communicate with deaf students. The organization also provides musical instruments and lessons to deaf children.

Contact: or 801.609.4327

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: LITTLE GREEN by Arnold Rudnick

LITTLE GREEN – Little Green Frog wants to be special, and he hops out of the swamp, asking “Isn’t it possible?” he could be a goose, horse or kio. While the reader learns about animal groups, skills sounds and traits, Little Green learns it’s important to be himself. 

Arnold Rudnick has a gift for creating fascinating stories to challenge children toward self-improvement and self-esteem. In LITTLE GREEN he introduces a little green frog (beautifully realized by illustrator Marcelo Goreman) who has big dreams to be special. 

ISBN: 0981587976
Publisher: Paraphrase, LLC

Overall thoughts: This is a really cute picture story book written in rhyme and teaches children it's is important to learn who they are before they run off into the world trying to be like somebody else. This isn't a book for beginning readers, but it is a great bedtime story for younger children. Children who are becoming better readers would be okay reading along with an adult. There is repetition in the story, which makes it a great book to help with cognitive development.

About the Author: ARNOLD RUDNICK has written for many television shows, including THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, STAR TREK: VOYAGER and THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY.

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