Five students from Hillsboro Middle School were awarded by GENYOUth, through its flagship Fuel Up to Play 60 program, and Sleep Number as winners of the Super Sleep Contest. The organizations jointly challenged students nationwide to showcase the super things their schools can do when everyone gets quality sleep, for a chance to win a Sleep Number 360 smart bed.
The Super Sleep Contest was launched by Sleep Number and GENYOUth in October at a 100-days-to-kick-off event at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Students ages 13 and older who attend GENYOUth partner schools were asked to team up with an educator from their school to create a 90-second video that highlights what they can accomplish with quality sleep. Video entries were judged based on creativity, their authentic sleep message and audio/visual quality.
GENYOUth received entries from more than 25 states. Locally, the winning students — Morgan Garman, Ramsey Haines, Addyson Miles, Riley Scott and Gracie Thoroman — emphasized the importance of getting quality sleep each night, shared tips for removing sleep distractions from their rooms and suggested creating and sticking to a regular sleep schedule. They also raised their voices about the benefits of a good night’s sleep, including better focus, concentration and sports performance.
Hillsboro City Schools Food Service Director Jessica Walker said, “We like to encourage our students to not only eat well and exercise regularly, but also to get a good night’s sleep as all three contribute to a healthy lifestyle.”
Hillsboro Middle School will receive a Super Sleep Toolkit for use in classrooms with educational resources provided by Sleep Number.
Submitted by Darci Miles, career-based intervention, Hillsboro City Schools.