MGCI Key Club held its annual Sleepover Night from 29 to 30 November, 2019 to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. Around forty students attended the sleepover for a night of games, movies, and food. Students arrived between 5:00 and 7:00 pm on Friday and stayed at the school until 7:00 am the following morning.

To kick off the evening, students played musical chairs and participated in a photo scavenger hunt. Winners received prizes which included Tim Hortons and Cineplex gift cards. Dinner was served around 8:00 pm and consisted of pizza, biryani, and salad. Other snacks, such as chips, popcorn, fruit, vegetables, and cookies were provided as well. 

After dinner, students spread out into small groups for a variety of different activities. There was a Nintendo NES System set up in the SAC Office, courtesy of Mr. Sharp, which had classic games such as Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt. Several students brought their own video games and board games to play with their friends. In the gym, volleyball and basketball nets were set up, and balls were available for students to use throughout the night. At around 11:00 pm, students watched the horror movie It, projected on the screen on the cafeteria stage.

Students played sports, including basketball. Photo: Ilhaan Jivani.

Sleepover Night was advertised through the MGCI Key Club Instagram page, as well as through the morning announcements and posters around the school. Key Club Secretary Iris Quan commented, “In recent years, we’ve noticed a little bit of a decline in interest for our sleepover, so we tried to place more of a focus on marketing our event to people all over the school. We had stories and multiple posts on our Instagram page and continually updated them to make sure that people knew about the event and why we were doing it.” Key club had a table in the galleria during the two weeks leading up to the event, where they distributed forms to interested students.

Students who attended the sleepover were required to pay $25. MGCI Key Club obtained sponsors to cover the expenses of the event so that all proceeds could go directly to charity. Previously, the sleepover supported an organization called Sleeping Children Around the World, and was appropriately named SCAW Night. This year’s charity was Doctors Without Borders, a non-profit organization that provides medical aid and responds to crises in over seventy countries. The sleepover managed to raise over $1000 which will help provide healthcare for those in need.

Sleepover Night is Key Club’s biggest event, and a lot of planning and preparation went into making sure it ran smoothly. Lynn Shibata, one of the Key Club executives, said “This year we tried harder to elevate this into more than just a regular sleepover event. Our club spent more than four weeks planning decorations and activities to ensure that people had the best time.” Several Key Club members volunteered after school on Friday to help set up for the sleepover. The cafeteria was decorated with christmas lights, snowflakes, balloons, and streamers taped to the walls. Volunteers also prepared fruit and vegetable trays, and rearranged the tables in the cafeteria to create a more open space. 

Overall, the sleepover was well received by the students who attended. They participated in many activities and had fun spending time with their friends. The money raised will be donated to Doctors Without Borders, and will help those in need receive medical treatment.