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Awesome: Reading Rainbow
  • In 2014, five years after the show went off the air, LeVar wants to bring it back via Kickstarter. As of May 28th, 34 days still remain on the clock and it has already exceeded its million dollar goal. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "Thanks to Viewers Like You."
    • To put it in a better perspective, the Kickstarter reached the one million mark in under twelve hours.
    • At the 4 million mark, Seth MacFarlane (yes, the same one behind Family Guy, which is as far away from literacy and learning as you can get before you hit the latter-day episodes of The Simpsons) offered to match dollar for dollar the next million dollars pledged. In all, donations reached over 5.4 million and the campaign had the most individual backers of any Kickstarter project ever.
    • At the closing of the campaign, the project netted US$5.4 million from Kickstarter, US$70,000 from direct contributors, and a whopping million from Seth MacFarlane, totaling almost US$6.5 million. The money will be used to port the iPad app to tablets running Android and it's derivatives, as well as to consoles (PS 4, Xbox One, Ouya) and to set top boxes like the Roku, Apple TV and Amazon FireTV (and the myriad of Android TV boxes out there). The money will also be used to fund access to the app for over 13000 underfunded classrooms.
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