DETROIT— Beyond Basics, a nonprofit educational organization that runs a highly successful reading program in Detroit Public Schools, has been selected by Chase Community Giving to share $7.5 million with other charitable organizations. The charity with the most votes can win up to $250,000. The organization is encouraging metro Detroiters to vote for Beyond Basics. Visit their Facebook page for information on how to vote at Facebook.com/read2rise.
Beyond Basics works with K-12th grade students through their Read2Rise one-on-one tutoring program they gets children reading at or above grade level in just six weeks. They also opeate book clubs, a writing program that publishes children’s own stories into hard, fabric covered books, and an Art with the Masters program where students are taught and practice the techniques of famous artists in a small group setting.
“Beyond Basics provides opportunities for children in struggling communities, including the important task of developing fundamental educational skill,” says Pamela Good, co-founder and CEO of the organization. “As we take care of children one-by-one, they become open to the world of possibilities around them. Above all else, we move these children beyond the basics and prepare them for productive and meaningful lives.”
Good, is now being featured on The Social Network Show (www.thesocialnetworkshow.com) with Jim Nico and Dr. Jane Karwoski. They discuss Beyond Basics work getting children reading in struggling communities and their International Art and Writing project, which connects children from around the world by sharing art work and essays. They use CircleBuilder.com, a private online community / social networking website for connecting the various participants from around the world.