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Waxahachie, Texas - November 20, 2014 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) sponsors alumna Tiffany Shoemaker's special education class at "No Excuses University" Press Elementary in McKinney, Texas.

Shoemaker said, "It is our dream to make college a reality for all of our students, and we push the idea of college readiness, even for my special education students." She continued, "As a No Excuses University campus, each of our classrooms adopt a college, and the college in turn adopts the class." 

After a university adopts a class of a "No Excuses University" school, the teacher of the adopted class will decorate the room with the respective university’s logo, colors, pennants and flags. On top of that, students are taught to recite the university’s chant each morning and wear the university’s colors on Fridays and at pep rallies. 

Shoemaker is a SAGU elementary education graduate and teaches special education students at Press Elementary, a school within Mckinney ISD, that serves a wide range of socioeconomic and ethnic students. With over half of its students classified as economically disadvantaged and another thirty-five percent considered “at risk," Press Elementary is a school that stands to combat poverty and get students into college, no excuses. 

"For many, these steps initiate the process of bringing an end to the redundant poverty that traps so many of our families," Shoemaker said. "We are building these students up, setting the expectation high and putting the focus on college so we can break the poverty cycle."

In response, SAGU President Dr. Kermit Bridges, who was very excited about sponsoring her class, made sure that SAGU, through Alumni Relations, was able to supply all of Shoemaker's class needs. Before the school year even started, the students had all the necessary scholastic materials for the year.

Overwhelmed by the response, Shoemaker replied, "I want to thank SAGU for their support of our classroom; everything that was sent is a huge blessing. The students' faces were priceless when they saw all that SAGU donated just for them."

Shoemaker concluded, "What we do this year can break the cycle of poverty. Together, we are changing lives." 

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.


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