Sounds like Stephen Colbert found a way to squeeze out one final act of greatness from his former hit TV show, The Colbert Report.
Earlier this morning, Colbert, via a video feed from New York, made a surprise announcement at Alexander Elementary School in Greenville, SC, that he, partnered with Share Fair Nation and ScanSourse, are going to fund almost 1,000 projects listed on DonorsChoose.org. This includes more than 800 teachers across 375 schools totally approximately $800,000.
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Colbert, who is a member of the DonorsChoose.org Board of Directors, was able to raise the funds for the South Carolina school projects by stripping his Colbert Report set and auctioning various parts off.
After the announcement, Damon Qualls, a teacher at Alexander Elementary, who happened to join Colbert for the surprise announcement in New York, said:
"I was completely shocked. This means so much to the teachers and students in South Carolina. What you've done by funding these projects will make such a difference in the classroom."
We think this is such an incredible idea! Taking something as simple as selling pieces of your old set to help kids education and dreams come true! We can't wait to see you succeed on The Late Night Show later this year, Stephen!
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