I never watched Reading Rainbow when I was a kid because it didn’t start airing until I was fifteen. I’m sure if I had been younger when it started I would have watched it and loved it. I know that lots of other kids younger than me watched and loved the show. And while I can’t go back in time and be a kid again and watch it myself, as an adult with an income I can help bring the show back and give other kids the opportunity to love it.
Have you ever contributed to a Kickstarter campaign? I hadn’t. Had no interest really however much I thought it a great idea. But when I found out that LeVar Burton started a campaign to bring back Reading Rainbow and make it accessible from everywhere (TV, web, mobile devices) as well as free to schools in need, well, I had to contribute. And while I didn’t contribute enough to get to have a private dinner or a group picnic with LeVar Burton or even have him record my voicemail message, I will be getting two Reading Rainbow mugs, one for me and one for Bookman and that’s exciting enough for me. Because, you know, if I did get a picnic with Burton, this is probably what would happen:
The Kickstarter campaign will be running through the end of June in case you’d like a mug or t-shirt too.