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Old June 3 2014, 03:31 AM   #1
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LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

How has there not been a thread started about this yet in here?? If you're one of the 8 people who hasn't heard about this yet, LeVar Burton created a Kickstarter campaign a few days ago to bring back Reading Rainbow. Rather than resurrecting it as a TV program, they will focus on bringing it to the web and into schools (see the video for more details).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...-child-everywh

Also, take a look at the rewards, which may interest some Star Trek fans. There are signed headshots, passes to a convention where you can meet him, private dinners, etc. And then there is the "Ultimate Visor Package," in which you get to attend a private dinner and then try on the visor yourself. It will set you back only $10,000! I'm actually surprised some rich Trekkie hasn't snatched it up yet.

Of course, the non-Trek rewards are good as well.

They had a goal of $1,000,000 and met it within just a few hours. The new goal is $5,000,000 and they are now at about $3.3 million.

Brent Spiner also makes an appearance at the end of the video, it was kind of funny I thought.



Some have been complaining that the Kickstarter is a "trick" since the app/web content will have a monthly subscription. Please read the Kickstarter page carefully (ironic, isn't it?) to avoid being crushed when you realize that good content costs money to create.

Well anyway, has anyone here contributed? And how much do you love Reading Rainbow??
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Old June 3 2014, 03:37 AM   #2
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Re: LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

I thought this was still going on, when did it stop(2009??? Really!?!?)? My favorite thing from my childhood.
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Old June 3 2014, 03:40 AM   #3
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Re: LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

If I had the money to contribute, I absolutely would do so. As it is, I do hope they reach their goal, because Reading Rainbow is one of the best ways to get children interested in reading.
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Old June 3 2014, 03:41 AM   #4
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Re: LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

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I thought this was still going on, when did it stop? My favorite thing from my childhood.
The show ended in 2009, and ran reruns until 2012. It has been off the air since then.
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Old June 3 2014, 04:23 AM   #5
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I wish I could contribute yet. But man, this is amazing.
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Old June 3 2014, 04:29 AM   #6
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I thought this was still going on, when did it stop? My favorite thing from my childhood.
The show ended in 2009, and ran reruns until 2012. It has been off the air since then.
Yep. How anyone could let it end is a tragedy.
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Old June 3 2014, 06:54 AM   #7
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Butterfly in the sky...

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Old June 3 2014, 07:34 AM   #8
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I donated a few days ago because I think it's a great cause. I was blown away at how quickly they met their initial goal. They gave themselves 35 days to reach their goal and ended up doing it in 11 hours!
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Old June 3 2014, 08:21 PM   #9
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For anyone who hasn't seen Jimmy Fallon's rendition of the Reading Rainbow theme, this is clip pretty cool. I am glad that this Kickstarter Campaign is going so well!

http://www.hulu.com/watch/299606
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Old June 3 2014, 08:52 PM   #10
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I am going to give, as part of my annual "help me save on taxes" charitable contributions.
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Old June 4 2014, 12:23 AM   #11
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I wish I could contribute yet. But man, this is amazing.
Same here . Grew up watching it. I hope it works out.
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Old June 4 2014, 01:39 AM   #12
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Re: LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

I'm happy for Levar and that he wants to keeping Reading Rainbow going. BTW, I read an article the other day that was critical of this new RR venture. The author said that the old RR was non-profit. But then, Levar bought all the rights for RR and that RR was now a for-profit company. The article was hinting at the fact that most schools will have to pay fees to utilize RR and that it was therefore bad that Levar was using Kickstarter to acquire funds for RR. I didn't like the article. I like Levar and I like RR!!!!
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Old June 4 2014, 01:56 AM   #13
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What a wonderfully optimistic, uplifting video. In and of itself, it's inspiring. Consider what can be done with a long-term project! As an educator, I'm thrilled to see this getting such attention and having such success. I'll definitely be adding my contribution.
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Old June 4 2014, 02:21 AM   #14
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I'm happy for Levar and that he wants to keeping Reading Rainbow going. BTW, I read an article the other day that was critical of this new RR venture. The author said that the old RR was non-profit. But then, Levar bought all the rights for RR and that RR was now a for-profit company. The article was hinting at the fact that most schools will have to pay fees to utilize RR and that it was therefore bad that Levar was using Kickstarter to acquire funds for RR. I didn't like the article. I like Levar and I like RR!!!!
If that is true what a terrible move for Geordi.
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Old June 4 2014, 03:23 AM   #15
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Reading Rainbow is a wonderful show and I still watch it to this day.
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