Wednesday, October 26th, 2016


Pamela Good, (248) 918-3543




TAYLOR, MI – A press conference is scheduled for Thursday, October 27th, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. to announce the partnership between The Taylor Reading Corps (TRC) and Beyond Basics. The press conference will be held at Myers Elementary, 16201 Lauren St, Taylor, MI 48180. The Taylor Reading Corps (TRC) has partnered with Beyond Basics in an effort to improve reading scores in the Taylor School District.

Beyond Basics, a literacy nonprofit organization known for getting students in K-12 schools reading at grade level in six to 10 weeks, is delivering literacy tutoring and enrichment programs to students attending Myers Elementary, where Taylor students have struggled with reading proficiency.

“Enhancing education through reading and writing is key to the success of the students in the Taylor School District,” said 23rd District Court Judge Geno Salomone, president of the Taylor Reading Corps, whose mission is to enhance learning opportunities for district students through the recruitment, training and sustainment of a network of volunteers.  “There is a direct correlation between a person’s lack of education and the increased probability of becoming a defendant in court,” he said.

This new partnership between the Taylor Reading Corps and Beyond Basics would not be possible without the significant financial support of their community partners – McKinley Properties; The PNC Foundation; The Taylor Community Development Corporation and the Taylor School District.

In May 2016, Beyond Basics collaborated with Principal Tamara Jones-Jackson, of Myers Elementary School, and ran a publishing center at the school for fourth and fifth grade students.  Beyond Basics introduced the programs to the school prior to starting their tutoring initiatives in September.  Beyond Basics provides one-on-one programs where trained and certified tutors work daily with students during the school day.

About McKinley

Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Ann Arbor, McKinley is a leading owner and operator of multifamily and commercial real estate. McKinley owns and manages more than 55 million square feet of commercial and residential real estate throughout 34 states. McKinley specializes in solving complex real estate problems for its own portfolio, as well as for a select clientele of institutional investors and partners.

About The PNC Foundation

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (, actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.

About Beyond Basics

Beyond Basics is a 501(c)(3) child-centered, literacy nonprofit serving students in the Metropolitan Detroit public schools since 2002, by providing reading tutoring and literacy enrichments for students in grades Pre K to 12th during the school day.

About the Taylor Reading Corps

The Mission of the TRC is to enhance the learning opportunities for Taylor School District students through the recruitment, training and sustainment of a network of volunteers. Our Goal: By the end of the third grade, all students attending Taylor Public Schools will read at or above grade level. A child’s reading level at third grade is a strong predictor of high school graduation and future success.

For further information, please call (248) 918-3543.