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Why live and work in Commerce?
University, town cultures benefit growing family

It’s a long way from Pennsylvania to Commerce, Texas, but Ray and Sabrina Green wanted to put down roots in a community where their future family could work and attend school in one place. An offer of a tenured track position at Texas A&M University-Commerce sealed the deal for their move to Commerce in 2000.

Ray, who is Dean of The Honors College at Texas A&M University-Commerce, feels there are many more benefits to living and working in the same community, outside of the five-minute commute. “In my view, a person does a better job if they live where they work. They can become a part of the university and town cultures,” he said.
 
Ray and Sabrina, a licensed specialist in school psychologist, have two children in Commerce schools. Meghan is a fourth grader at A. C. Williams Elementary School and she is quick to say that she likes learning very much.
 
Conner, a seventh grader at Commerce Middle School, recently took the ACT test and scored better than 68 percent of students in the U.S. who took the test. His mother proudly said that his entire education has been in Commerce ISD and "we couldn't be happier."

Sabrina has been able to be a part of her children's school activities such as the Mother’s Day celebration in Conner’s classroom. “Students held a tea party for their mothers. It was beautiful, so sweet. They told why they love their moms in a video and I cried my eyes out,” she said.
 
“When we came here, opinions about Commerce secondary schools were not very positive; however, everyone said great things about the elementary schools. I don’t think the (secondary) school’s reputation has caught up with reality, because we’re seeing many great students graduate from Commerce High School. Ten or 11 CHS students are currently in the university’s Honors College, which aims to keep talent here by providing full academic scholarships to exemplary students,” Ray said.

Sabrina encourages parents to investigate the truth about Commerce schools and not just go on rumors. “I’ve been pleased with the reality I’ve seen,” she said. The activities available at the university further enrich the family’s life. Movies at the Rec Center, Summer Pride Camps, Trick or Treating at the university and the Planetarium provide great learning and bonding experiences.

As a professor, Ray knows the importance of education. As a father, his children’s education is his utmost priority, which has led his family in the decision to purchase a larger home in Commerce.

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