Community members get dunked during Crosby Education Foundation fundraiser

by Elliot Lapin, staff writer    December 4, 2019


What do Dan Meaux from the Crawfish Shack, Pastor Keenan Smith from Crosby Church, Crosby ISD superintendent Scott Davis and State Representative Briscoe Cain have in common?  They all sat in the dunking booths on the afternoon of Dec. 2 for the Crosby Education Foundation’s Dunk-A-Dude fundraiser.


Twenty people from the Crosby community took 15-minute shifts in one of the two dunking booths in the parking lot of Crosby Middle School. People made donations — $5 for three balls for a student and $10 for three balls for an adult — for a chance to hit the target, dunking whoever was in the booth into a tub of cold water.

Wendy Hiser, the Executive Director of the Crosby Education Foundation, brought the idea to Davis, who excitingly approved it. Then Hiser asked him if he would be one of the dunkees, to which he agreed.  “When your superintendent says that he’ll be dunked, everybody else falls in line,” she said.“Some of the teachers and assistant principals that you see up here, they believe in what we’re doing; they see it working.”

Dunk-A-Dude coincided with Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving amid the multiple days that are devoted to shopping and consumption.


Crosby Education Foundation’s mission is to “partner with the community to provide resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning, and maximize opportunities for all students in the Crosby Independent School District,” per CEF’s website.  It does that by funding grants that teachers submit for materials they think can enrich their classes but which the tax dollars do not support.

CEF has funded 93% of teacher grants that were submitted this year, and Hiser hopes that the Dunk-A-Dude fundraiser will help them be able to fund 100% of the grants.  “Tax dollars support mandated education. Foundation funding enhances the educational system, making it possible to offer Crosby ISD students the highest quality educational opportunities and experiences,” explains CEF’s website.


CEF’s fundraising goal for the event was $2,500, which Hiser said it surpassed early on and well exceeded.


Charlie Dahu from Hungry Jack took a turn in the dunking booth and agreed to donate $100 for each time that he was dunked up to $1000.


Cain was the final person in the dunking booth. He was dunked three times as he playfully taunted the people that were throwing the balls trying to dunk him.  Hiser said that Cain came to the event through the many connections that people with CEF have in the community. 

“It’s for the community and the Crosby Education Foundation. It does a lot of great work,” Cain said of his attendance and participation. “The people here in Crosby still have that small-town feel that I think we’re kind of losing in the Houston Area. It’s one of the reasons I love it so much.”

Dustin Bromley, the Crosby High School principal, took one of the first shifts in a dunking booth.  “Ms. Hiser got with me about a month ago and talked with me about some ideas that they had and asked if I would be interested in helping out. She really didn’t tell us a whole lot about it, other than the fact that we were going to do something fun,” he said.  Like many of the participants, Bromley was dunked numerous times during his 15-minute shift.  “It was freezing,” he said of his first time being dunked. “You get your feet in there, and you’re not really ready for it, and then it kind of surprises you how cold it is. But, for a great group of people who give so much to our teachers and our students, it’s worth it.”

Cain shared a similar sentiment about being dunked.  “It never got better. Each time it was kind of a shock to the system,” he said. “The water’s cold, but people had a lot of fun tonight.”

Hiser said that CEF will definitely keep the idea of a dunking booth fundraiser.


To learn more about the Crosby Education Foundation, visit its Facebook page

Crosby finally finds out the meaning behind the ubiquitous signs around town

By Elliott Lapin, Staff writer    Published 6:00 pm CST, Thursday, December 5, 2019


It was all over the place. It was on bumper stickers, on signs in front of businesses and on lawn signs throughout Crosby. “Did u C?”


It became a scavenger hunt with people posting pictures of “Did u C” signs on social where they found them around Crosby.  People immediately started wondering what it meant. Anybody that did know what it meant would not say anything.


Then a couple days before Thanksgiving, and a couple weeks after the signs started appearing, the Crosby Education Foundation revealed that it was an awareness campaign for the foundation. 


“We want to be different. We want to have people’s attention,” said Wendy Hiser, Executive Director of the Crosby Education foundation.


CEF’s mission is to “partner with the community to enrich teaching, inspire learning, and maximize innovative opportunities for all students in the Crosby Independent School District,” per the foundation’s website.


Many Crosby businesses partner with and support the Crosby Education Foundation. Businesses such as Marek Insurance, the Crawfish Shack and Alliance Properties posted the words on the signs in front of their businesses.


“We involved our business partners, and, with our business partners, we were able to affect a vast number of eyeballs seeing ‘Did u C,” said Hiser.


CEF held a casino fundraiser on Sept. 14 and a dunking booth fundraiser on Dec. 2 and will hold its seventh annual Golf Fundraiser in the spring of 2020.


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