Beyond Basics

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Beyond Basics
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Beyond Basics, a literacy-focused nonprofit in Detroit, Southfield, and Taylor, is expanding the reach of its intensive, one-on-one reading intervention programs, which have reached thousands of schoolchildren and adults since 2002, to online tutoring offerings. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Beyond Basics has been looking for a way to reach students while physical school buildings are closed. Online access now is operating in metro Detroit and soon will be available to students across the country, opening up the proven and validated program for more children, but more support is needed. Beyond Basics now is offering online tutoring both for individual students and for school districts as an option for their distance learning plans. The tutoring uses a combination of the Steve Tattum method currently practiced by Beyond Basics and additional reading instruction methods. More information on online tutoring for parents, students, and educators is available at beyondbasics.org. Through the COVID-19 outbreak, Beyond Basics also is working to provide relief to families in need throughout Detroit. The organization is raising money through its COVID-19 Family Relief Fund, which provides $250 for families to pay for groceries, bills, and household essentials. So far, more than 90 families have received aid through the fund.

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