Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Hunger Sleepover – we fundraised over $7,000 for Plan International to provide goats to families in need!

Hunger Sleepover Prize Contest (form)

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 4th annual Hunger Sleepover on Fri Feb 9 and Sat Feb 10, 2018. Students did an incredible job of fundraising over $7,000 for Plan International to help provide goats to families in need overseas.

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to announce a winner for the Goatopoly or Zombie Apocalypse during the event because we weren’t able to narrow it down to a few winners. So, we’re asking sleepover participants to write a few words or paragraphs to help us decide who the winner should be.

  • Contest is open to any Grade 7 or 8 student who participated in the hunger sleepover (either the 12 hour or the 24 hour program.)
  • Judging will be based on quality of ideas and explanation.
  • Winners will be announced at the next RISE assembly.

If you have any questions, please visit Room 354. Good luck!

Click here to go to the contest form: 


Important Last Minute Meeting Information (Wed Feb 7)

Click here to go the slideshow.

On Friday Feb 9 to Saturday Feb 10, Longfields is running our 4th annual Hunger Sleepover event.

It’s a fantastic event where around 50-100 grade 7 and 8 students do activities in the evening to learn about hunger and global need.

The goal of the event is to empower our students to make a difference in the world.

  • Some students choose to do the 12 hour program and get picked up at 9PM.
  • Some students choose to do the 24 hour program and sleepover at school. The next morning, we have breakfast once again generously donated by Broadway Barrhaven. Mmm bacon, sausage, and home fries.

This year, we’re trying to raise money to donate goats with Plan International. A donation of $75 gives a family overseas a goat.

Why goats? Well, goats provide milk, meat, and also baby goats.  Baby goats can be sold and provide an alternate source of income for women and families. Ultimately, this helps families out of poverty and helps provide girls with education.

(Here’s an article on Global News about Plan International’s goat program.)

The theme of this year’s hunger sleepover is ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: Can you survive the night?

  • Students will be doing fun (and educational) activities throughout the night to try to get points and clues to solve a mystery.
  • We will be doing a modified fast (no food, but we do have several scheduled juice breaks.) Not eating for 24 hours is to give us an experience of hunger and a moment of reflection of hunger around the world, as well as in Canada and in Ottawa.
  • The team with the most points win the cure.

It’s not too late to sign up! (But, time is running out…)

  • Students get permission form packages from Mme Savoie in Room 362.
  • The quicker you get the permission form signed and returned to Mme Savoie, the more Zombie points you get.
  • This is a fundraising event (like fundraising for a marathon.)
    • We are asking students to fundraise a minimum donation of $50 for Plan International. (This is the equivalent of asking 5 adult family members to donate $10 each.)
    • Money needs to be brought in Tue Feb 6, 2018.

I need some more information…

Here is some information we showed at the info meeting.

Click here to view the slideshow.

Here are some pretty posters that students made:

Click here to view the slideshow.

Here are some links to some other relevant websites for more information:

I want to participate, but my parents / guardians have questions.

No problem. We appreciate that parents / guardians have concerns.

  • This is our 4th year running a fun and educational experience at Longfields. We’ve chatted with a lot of parents. One parent commented during our first year that we run a tight ship. And, we do.
  • My suggestion would be to stay for the evening events and then go home (instead of sleeping over.) Many students only do the 12 hour sleepover program for various reasons (i.e. early morning sport commitments on Saturday.)
    • These students get picked up at 9 pm from Longfields.
    • The school outer doors are all locked and parents / guardians need to call our school CELL phone number to reach us.
    • When you call us, a teacher will find your child and escort them to the outer door where an adult must sign them out.
  • Students – please see Mr. Fuchigami (Room 354) and I will be able to answer your questions. We are able to make modifications and accommodations to address medical and dietary concerns.
  • Parents / Guardians can also contact me directly through the school phone number (613-843-7722) or my email ( and I will do my best to alleviate any concerns. 

How do I donate?

Students have a yellow donation tracking form that they need to use to keep track of donations.

Option 1. Students collect donations from their sponsors and bring it to school.

  • Students can collect cash or cheque donations. (Cheques need to be payable to Longfields Davidson Heights. Please include the student name / homeroom in the comment section.)
  • Donations that we collect from students will be donated to Plan International.
  • Sponsors who donate $25 or more can receive a charitable tax receipt from Plan International provided we get all of the necessary information to pass onto Plan International.

Option 2. Students get sponsors to donate to Plan International directly online using our special donation page. 

  • Here is the link to our LDH78 Plan International Fundraising website.
  • Students need to keep track of the names of people who donate online (and the amount) on the yellow page. Otherwise, we may not be able to give you Zombie Points for the donations you collect.
  • (We get a list of names of people who donate online, but it’s not always obvious which student they are sponsoring.)

Can I donate online?

How did you choose Plan International as an organization to support?

At the November RISE assembly, we announced an upcoming Hunger Sleepover event and invited grade 7 and 8 students to come out to lunch meetings to help organize the event.

In December 2017, Students from the Better World Project and Sunshine & Rainbow groups met during first nutrition breaks to brainstorm potential organizations. We narrowed it down to 3 great organizations: Action Against Hunger, Plan International, and WE charity.

In January 2018, students organizers created 3 short videos that were combined into a promo video. This video was then shown to intermediate homeroom classes. Grade 7 and 8 students were given an opportunity to vote for one of the 3 causes.

In the end, Plan International was the winner.

(The students who created the Plan International ad came up with the “Goat” angle and even a testimonial video from Caroline Riseboro, Plan International Canada CEO. It was an impressive student video!)

Who are the lead teachers involved in organizing this year’s sleepover? (If I have questions, who should I chat with?)

  • Mr. Fuchigami
  • Ms. Bond
  • Ms. MacDonald
  • Mr. Peacock
  • Mme. Savoie
  • Ms Gervais.

Why organize this event?

There are lots of great reasons.

  • My daughter. If she was born in a country with no opportunity, I would want someone to give her a helping hand up. (MF)