We were so happy to hear that the Reading Rainbow hit its initial Kickstarter goal!
But LeVar Burton wasn't content to sit on his laurels after just one day! He rallied and came up with goals for getting the classic show into classrooms!
For that he would need $5 million! And fans didn't disappoint!
The Reading Rainbow fundraiser hit its stretch goal AND beat the previous Kickstarter record for
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Seth MacFarlane doesn't just have A Million Ways To Die In The West; he also has a million bucks to spend in the name of education!
The Kickstarter campaign to bring back Reading Rainbow was successful in hitting its initial goal of $1 million, but LeVar Burton is trying to go twice as high now!
OK, actually more like 5 times as high!
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We all know reading is FUNdamental part of educating children, but did you know books are also a source of unfathomable power?
Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton teamed up with Funny Or Die to reimagine the show's intro credits and "take a look / it's in a book" theme song, and the result was friggin' hilarious!!
Ch-ch-check out their whimsically ridiculous spoof for yourself…AFTER THE JUMP!!!
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Turns out we aren't the only ones who love Reading Rainbow!
LeVar Burton pleasantly surprised the world when he announced he had started a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the show that teaches kids to love reading!
A show that we know firsthand definitely works!!!
LeVar's crowdfunding webpage had an original goal of $1 million dollars, but in less than 24 hours - LeVar had already passed that pretty high goal!
With 34 days to go the project has already made
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One in every 4 kids in America will grow up illiterate.
Let's let that sink in. That's not a fact from the early 1900s. That's from today. 2014.
Kids who can't read at their current grade level by 4th grade are apparently 400% more likely to drop out of high school! That's nuts!
Thank goodness for LeVar Burton!
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Listen, Shaquille O'Neal is doing his best here. Obviously Levar Burton couldn't be there in person for a spur-of-the-moment Instagram video, and he had to make do with a framed picture.
Shaq is also not a classically trained singer, and, well, his rapping days are over.
SO GIVE HIM A BREAK BECAUSE THIS IS AMAZING!
Ch-ch-check out the beautiful serenade Shaq pulls off in honor of the brightest Reading Rainbow in the sky!
Is there ANYTHING that Shaq can't do? We don't think so!
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Thank goodness! Because we were feelin' pret-ty sorry for the future generations of kids who (we thought) had to wander through reading without Levar Burton and his magical Rainbow!
Yes, folks! It is official! Reading Rainbow is coming to an iPad near you!!
Needless to say, Levar is super stocked about the whole thing, saying:
"We know that kids want bells and whistles, so we give them bells and whistles but we give them in a way that makes sense to us and supports the storytelling experience. We’re really proud of the way we’ve been able to translate that television format. The book is the heart, the center, the soul of what we’re doing. We sort of expand that universe and explore it in other ways — but the sense of exploration and discovery of the real world through literature is absolutely consistent."
The app is intended for children 3-9… children who'll be able to navigate themed islands full of books, puzzles, and narration! A-MAZING!!!
Head on over to the iTunes store to download yours!! Even if UR not ages 3-9… Ha!
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