On its first day, Reading Rainbow received its initial goal of $1 million to bring the show to the web and reach 1,500 underprivileged classrooms for free within a matter of hours. The subsequent stretch goals kept pushing the boundaries of what Reading Rainbow would be capable of, and who they would be able to reach; with the current $5 million allowing for mobile, android, console, and OTT box applications to be developed in addition to the already available iOS app, and 7,500 classrooms to receive the program for free.
LeVar Burton, head of the project and host of the show, said in a video announcement last night that over the next five days, MacFarlene would be pledging up to $1 million, and that the money would be going specifically to helping reach more schools. Should the campaign reach its stretch goal of $5 million over the remaining five days of its funding period, MacFarlene's pledge will have helped Reading Rainbow reach a total of 12,500 schools.
As of right now, a total of almost 86,000 backers have pledged $4.1 million and counting. The project will be fully funded on July 2. Burton pressed the urgency of how important it is now more than ever to become a contributor, as each dollar will be matched when the campaign closes.
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