LeVar Burton Gets $2 Million Via Kickstarter to Bring Back Reading Rainbow

$1 million more than he asked for

LeVar Burton, probably best known to anyone who was or had a child during the 1980's and '90's as the host of Reading Rainbow, launched a Kickstarter on Wednesday asking the public to help him fund a a digital version of the show (which already sort of exists in app form). Burton promised he would put its celebrity-narrated books, video field trips, and teaching tools into the hands of teachers for free. The ask for the project looked steep: a full $1 million.