May 29 2014 7:28am

Kickstarter Campaign for Reading Rainbow

LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow have launched a Kickstarter to “Bring Reading Rainbow’s unlimited library of interactive books and video field trips to kids everywhere & help classrooms most in need!” The goal is one million dollars, of which (as of this writing) they've reached $250,000 they've reached $1.6 million dollars (!).

The Reading Rainbow Kickstarter page says:

Right now, 1 out of every 4 children in America will grow up illiterate.

And: numerous studies reveal that children who can't read at grade level by the 4th grade are 400% more likely to drop out of high school.

And: as of 2011, America was the only free-market country where the current generation was less well educated than the previous

These problems won't solve themselves. Real change will require us all to work together. We cannot afford to lose generations of children to illiteracy. And if we work together, we don't have to.

Have any of you contributed to a Kickstarter before? How did it work out? How many of you watched Reading Rainbow?

h/t to Teddy Pierson for the post idea!

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
I do believe I will contribute to this! Great idea.

Had a great experience with the Veronica Mars and Lizzie Bennet Diaries Kickstarters, so I feel comfortable taking part in others.
Jennifer Proffitt
2. JenniferProffitt
Reading Rainbow was like my whole childhood. Hope it gets funded and will contribute too!
Rachel Powell
3. JMercy
This is so amazing. I loved Reading Rainbow growing up and can't wait to see more about this venture. Thanks LeVar! I'll contribute too.
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