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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

March 10 to 16 is National Sleep Awareness Week

MONTGOMERY – Branden Jarrett, 16, a junior at Montgomery Area Junior and Senior High School, was chosen as the winner of the 2023 Bulletin Board Contest to promote Geisinger’s Wake Up and Learn program.
Students were charged with choosing a healthy sleep habit, researching the topic and creating posters for the school’s bulletin board. On the posters, students highlighted the importance of the sleep habit and shared how it could benefit someone.
“We challenged students to be creative and lean into what they learned about sleep to develop a new concept for the school’s bulletin board,” said Anne Marie Morse, D.O., pediatric neurologist and the Wake Up and Learn program creator. “Needless to say, the results were more than impressive — they were extraordinary.”
Jarrett’s graphic arts class turned the contest into an assignment, along with many other classes in the school. More than 100 submissions were created. Jarrett created not one, but four posters for the project.
Jarrett came up with the heading Mission: Better Sleep for his project and focused each poster on an individual sleep habit. The first two posters focused on setting an alarm and setting a reminder of when to go to bed, both topics focusing on creating a consistent sleep schedule. The next poster focused on getting work done early to not interfere with your sleep time. The last poster explained not to eat 3 hours before going to sleep, allowing time for digestion.
“I researched the topics and took from some of my personal experience with my own sleep habits,” he said.
Montgomery school district is one of several area schools involved with Geisinger’s Wake Up and Learn program, which is a free school-based sleep education and assessment program. The is to help students create and maintain great sleep habits, improve identification when there is a sleep problem and raise awareness of how sleep is critical to physical, mental and emotional health. The program offers multiple resources the school can use to raise awareness, including a faculty handbook, social media resources, websites, handouts and bulletin board materials.
For his efforts, Jarrett was given a $100 gift certificate. His artwork is now displayed in local school districts to inspire other students to leverage healthy sleep as a tool for success. Ninth grader Shianne Buck took second place in the contest and received a $75 gift certificate and Kailyn Woltz, who graduated from the school last year, took third place and a $50 certificate. The winners of the 2024 poster contest will be announced on World Sleep Day, March 15. 
To learn more about Geisinger’s Wake Up and Learn program, visit the website.
PHOTO CAPTION: Branden Jarrett stands in front of Montgomery Area Junior and Senior High School bulletin board display that was created using his contest-winning poster creations.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.


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