By JEROD CLAPP
He had a megaphone in one hand, a clipboard in the other and a fuzzy, yellow chicken hat on his head.
Clearly, Scott Endres meant business.
Endres, an eighth-grade math teacher at River Valley Middle School in Jeffersonville, was leading students in a celebration of their success in the Chicken Run, Too fundraiser. It was an encore of a successful fundraising endeavor — Chicken Run — he led students in last year.
The fundraiser has become such a hit with the students, Endres said it’s well on it’s way to becoming a tradition at the school.
“I wasn’t two steps into school this year,” Endres said, “and kids were already asking me when we were going to do the Chicken Run.”
This year, the fundraiser benefitted Kosair Children’s Hospital. Students beat their $3,000 goal and raised $500 more than they did last year, bringing in a total of $3,247.39 in cash and change.
To celebrate, students got to spend the last part of the school day recently on the school’s track, playing games, taking walks and dancing to a live DJ on the field.
Endres credited the success of the fundraiser to the students, who have started to show a bigger interest in helping others through the school’s Making a Difference club.
Endres said the the club had 17 students as members by the end of the year last school year. At the beginning of the 2012 school year, 58 signed up.
Michael Denny, principal, said he’s glad to see his students and staff working together to help others who really need it.
“It makes me feel very proud, we just have a great group of kids and outstanding faculty,” Denny said. “And when you see them reaching out for something like this, you just see how it reflects back on them.”
Jennifer Peffley, an eighth-grader, is a member of MAD club. She said she didn’t know how much the group was going to raise when they started fundraising, but it didn’t matter as long as they were able to help someone.
“We were just happy to reach $3,000, we never expected anything over it,” Peffley said. “It made me feel good just to know we’re helping kids in the hospital.”
She said with more membership this year, they were able to reach more students and stress the importance of helping others.
Denny said he’s not surprised the group was able to do so well, given who’s behind them along with their tenacity.
“The core of it goes back to having great kids,” Denny said. “They have great leadership and are more than willing to do their fair share.”