For more than 30 years, "Reading Rainbow" has taught children in America to love books. By Wednesday, that love had come back in the form of $6.4 million in donations. The funds raised in a ... more 
For more than 30 years, "Reading Rainbow" has taught children in America to love books. By Wednesday, that love had come back in the form of $6.4 million in donations. The funds raised in a Kickstarter campaign to expand the digital presence of what started as an educational public television show burst the seams, broke the dam and went through the roof. Actor LeVar Burton had hoped to raise just $1 million in five weeks' time to create a Web version of Reading Rainbow's popular tablet app, then give access to it for free to underprivileged classrooms. It took 11 hours to meet that goal, when he launched the campaign on May 28. And the donations kept gushing in. When the fundraiser closed out Wednesday, more than 105,000 people had given $5.4 million, and whopping generosity by another celebrity added a chunk to that pile with "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane providing an additional $1 million. less 
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Thu, Jul 3, 2014 11:42 AM EDT