Detroit — General Motors announced a $1 million contribution to a literacy program in Detroit public schools that is expected to help 500 high school students reach grade-level reading proficiency.

Pamela Good, co-founder of the nonprofit Beyond Basics, made the announcement Monday at Mumford High school, saying it is the largest single contribution to the company’s Be the Solution literacy campaign.

“This investment goes wide. Illiteracy is connected to almost every social ill we have in America. Literacy reverses that,” Good said.

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