In the last days of its Kickstarter campaign, LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow reached its 5 million dollar stretch goals, securing release for the software on consoles.
Over the past month and a halfwe’ve kept you up to date with the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign and its goals to inspire a new generation of children to learn to read. Earlier this week the Kickstarter closed at a whopping 5.4 million dollars, surpassing its targeted stretch goal of 5 million the project needed to expand its scope to home consoles.
The Kickstarter campaign for Reading Rainbow has been amazingly successful. The project managed to meet its initial one million dollar funding goal within its first 48 hours, inspiring a tear-filled thank you from LeVar and the addition of a massive five million dollar stretch goal, hoping to bring the project to more classrooms, more children, and more platforms than any of the team behind it had initially hoped for.
By the end of its run, the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter not only managed to join the ranks of the most succesful Kickstarter campaigns in the program’s history, but even managed to draw support from Kickstarter’s other biggest successes to provide contributors with some pretty amazing customized rewards, from readings from the Veronica Mars cast to an original Ouya, signed by LeVar himself. Even Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, got in on the action, matching the last million dollars in donations needed to reach the project’s final goal.
Now that the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign is over, the waiting game for the software begins. Details for what exactly a console release for Reading Rainbow would entail have been sketchy, largely due to the software’s dependence on stretch funding to reach, but previous information has included hopes to reach the PlayStation and Xbox consoles at the least. With so many funds in the bank, the program will already reach thousands of schools, libraries, and other facilities around the country, and millions of children.
For those interested in helping who missed the Kickstarter, Reading Rainbow is still taking donations and offering rewards to those who want to contribute to their campaign for child literacy. Though many of the rewards from the Kickstarter are no longer available, everything from tee shirts to adopting an entire school can still be done. But with a cause as good as inspiring children to love and enjoy reading, who needs any other reward?