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Why they chose Commerce
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Why live and work in Commerce?
We wouldn't have our daughter anywhere else

Eric Gruver calls himself a “super alumnus” of Texas A&M University-Commerce, but that’s not why he and his wife Wendy chose to call Commerce home. “I wouldn’t have our daughter anywhere else,” he says.

“On the first day she entered school here, we knew this was it. This is the place our daughter should go to school,” Gruver added. As a former university faculty member, Gruver knows about the academic rigor required for college success and he is pleased with the opportunities his daughter Emily has had in Commerce schools since kindergarten. Now an eighth grader at Commerce Middle School, Emily is already getting high school credit for some classes. Last summer she participated in the three-week Duke TIP Summer Studies in North Carolina because of her high ACT scores in math.

Wendy and Eric moved away from Commerce after graduating A&M-Commerce and were public school teachers in a 5A Texas high school. Wendy, who is Director of College Readiness and University and College Programs at A&M-Commerce, says her daughter has had college experiences early because of her connection to the university. She attends plays, football and soccer games and other events that expose her to college life and other opportunities often not found in many larger schools and communities.

“We’ve found Commerce is large enough for Emily to have choices with her friends and she has the added benefit of seeing her teachers in the community at various university and civic events,” Wendy said.

Emily said her teachers interact with students with a caring attitude. She recounts numerous experiences that display their willingness to personalize instruction and “just make you feel good.”

Eric likes the proximity he has to Emily during the school day. “I’m two minutes away so I don’t miss her activities. I can even drop into her classes, if I want,” he added.

The Gruver’s enjoy their log cabin in the Commerce countryside and never begrudge their 45-minute drive to the metroplex if they choose to go. But as Eric says, “We moved away, but we came back to the place that gave us our start.”

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