Beyond Basics, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping students in grades K-12 received a $1 million donation from General Motors on February 3rd for Detroit public schools. The endowment took place at Mumford High School. The donation aligns with Beyond Basics “Be The Solution” campaign, which aims to help Detroit students become proficient in literacy.
GM President Mark Reuss supports the investment made by the automotive company. “Beyond Basics delivers outstanding results that are real, measurable and impactful,” Reuss said. “At General Motors, we believe investing in Detroit’s children and families is an investment in the future – for them, and for all of us residing in SE, Michigan. Our team is proud to support Beyond Basics’ ambitious mission, and we encourage other companies to do the same as we work together to revitalize the city.”
This donation is the most significant investment made to the “Be The Solution” campaign. The goal is to raise $33 million over the next few years, which will go toward the campaign and other DPSCD programs.
“This is not about throwing money at another problem. Beyond Basics gets at the heart of the challenges linked to reading below grade level and delivers a strategy that is coherent, comprehensive, and truly research-based,” said Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti, superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District. “With the support and leadership of General Motors and Beyond Basics, we will begin to address, at scale, high school literacy challenges so students can be on a college or career path. Due to the legacy of emergency management, too many of our high school students are behind.”
For more information, visit Beyond Basics website.