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LeVar Burton Weeps in Gratitude Over Donations for Reading Rainbow

It's been one day since LeVar Burton began crowdsourcing funds to reboot beloved television series Reading Rainbow as an educational app and he's already raised over $2 million, more than twice his original goal. Butterfly in the skyyyyyyyyy! You can go twice as hiiiiiiiiiigh!


Yesterday, after the Kickstarter hit the million dollar mark, Burton recorded a video tearfully thanking everyone who donated:

"I am overwhelmed. Thank you so much. This is going to enable us to really, really do a lot of good. I am so proud that this community has come together to support this effort and it's a people's thing. It's the $5, it's the $10, it's the $25, it's the $1 pledges and it's unbelievable. Or actually, it's very believable. Thank you do much. We are literally changing the world, one children's book at a time."


Oh, LeVar! Now you've reduced us all to this:

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My post on his AMA on reddit. Yes I donate some chump change! But I wanted him to know...

Reading Rainbow was so important to me because English is my third language. I came from Germany in the third grade to Miami (I'm Hispanic) and your show helped me learn to read and say words properly. I WAS OBSESSED WITH YOU! Then when I was in the fourth grade in History class I went to use the br and when I came back there was a movie on. I had missed a day of school so they were already way into it and the people were hitting you with whips and I said so loudly in class "OMG WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO THE READING RAINBOW GUY?!!", and everyone looked back at me in shock. My teacher told me to sit down hit pause and explained you were acting in a movie about slavery. It was Roots! So that's my story about how I cried for you as a kid. With love, me.