LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign aimed to raise $1 million in 35 days in order to relaunch his iconic educational program, Reading Rainbow, and make it available for free to schools. In 24 hours of setting the campaign up, they had smashed through the $1 million goal. With reaching his goal LeVar Burton set up a new target of $5 million.

Reading Rainbow is an American children’s television series that was hosted by LeVar Burton and aired on PBS from June 6, 1983, until November 10, 2006, that encouraged children to read.

In 2012 an iPad and Kindle Fire educational interactive book reading and video field trip application was launched bearing the name of the program.

With 13 days remaining, the campaign has currently raised $3,848,893 out of $5 million for the next goal to give free subscriptions to more than 7,500 classrooms in need and expand to mobile/Android.

LeVar Burton is also offering some great Star Trek related rewards for people who back the Reading Rainbow Campaign. Here are a few of them:

  • $150 – SIGNED HEADSHOT, Round 2 // Don’t want all of the other rewards, and just want a headshot? No problem! Get your choice of AUTOGRAPHED HEADSHOT from LeVar, made out to you, plus his gratitude!
  • LeVar Burton Twitter Follow$350 – SIGNED HEADSHOT + TWITTER FOLLOW // Get your choice of AUTOGRAPHED HEADSHOT from LeVar, made out to you. PLUS, LeVar will follow YOU on Twitter for one year! Almost 2 MILLION people follow LeVar: now HE’LL follow YOU!
  • $500 – ATTEND DESTINATION STAR TREK 3 & MEET LEVAR in LONDON! // You and a guest will receive two full 3-day passes to attend DESTINATION: STAR TREK in LONDON, UK on 3-5 OCT, 2014, where you’ll Hang Out With LeVar Burtonalso attend a private VIP Meet & Greet with LeVar. Get an autograph, take a selfie, or just ask him a few questions: your choice! Plus, you’ll each get a signed headshot! // Please note: travel & accommodations are NOT included.
  • $750 – OFFICIAL STAR TREK CONVENTION + MEET LEVAR in LAS VEGAS! // You and a guest will receive two full passes to attend the STAR TREK CONVENTION in LAS VEGAS in JULY 2014, where you’ll also attend a private VIP Meet & Greet with LeVar. Get an autograph, take a selfie, or just ask him a few questions: your choice! Plus, you’ll each get a signed headshot! // Please note: travel & accommodations are NOT included.
  • THE MEN OF STAR TREK$1,250 – RR LIVE! + MEET & GREET with… THE MEN OF STAR TREK // Bring the family! You’ll have 3 TICKETS to join LeVar, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn & Robert Picardo for a special LIVE storytime event in LOS ANGELES. You’ll also go home with a few awesome souvenirs and an autograph! Afterward, you’ll get time to talk to LeVar and his friends at a small Meet & Greet. PLUS, you get everything in the $200 package! // Please note: travel & accommodations are NOT included.
  • THE WOMEN OF STAR TREK$1,250 – RR LIVE! + MEET & GREET with… THE WOMEN OF STAR TREK // Bring the family! You’ll have 3 TICKETS to join LeVar, Kate Mulgrew, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden & Jeri Ryan for a special LIVE storytime event in LOS ANGELES. You’ll also go home with a few awesome souvenirs and an autograph! Afterward, you’ll get time to talk to LeVar and his friends at a small Meet & Greet. PLUS, you get everything in the $200 package! // Please note: travel & accommodations are NOT included.
  • Reading Rainbow WILLIAM SHATNER$1,250 – RR LIVE! + MEET & GREET with… WILLIAM SHATNER // Bring the family! You’ll have 3 TICKETS to join LeVar and William Shatner for a special LIVE storytime event in LOS ANGELES. You’ll also go home with a few awesome souvenirs and an autograph! Afterward, you’ll get time to talk to LeVar and Bill at a small Meet & Greet. PLUS, you get everything in the $200 package! // Please note: travel & accommodations are NOT included.
  • Reading Rainbow PATRICK STEWART$1,700 – RR LIVE! + MEET & GREET with… PATRICK STEWART (Early Bird) // Bring the family! You’ll have 3 TICKETS to join LeVar and Patrick Stewart for a special LIVE storytime event in NEW YORK CITY. You’ll also go home with a few awesome souvenirs and an autograph! Afterward, you’ll get time to talk to LeVar and Patrick at a small Meet & Greet. PLUS, you get everything in the $200 package! // Please note: travel & accommodations are NOT included.
  • The ULTIMATE STAR TREK “VISOR” Package$10,000 – The ULTIMATE STAR TREK “VISOR” Package — NOW WITH ADDED DATA! // You and a friend will join LeVar and Brent Spiner for a PRIVATE DINNER in Los Angeles, and you will get to wear the ONE-AND-ONLY ORIGINAL VISOR that LeVar wore in ST:TNG. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Also includes FOUR 1-DAY PASSES to a selected FAN CONVENTION of your choice where you’ll get to bring friends to a private Meet & Greet with LeVar, who will already be an old friend from your dinner. Also includes four personalized, signed HEADSHOTS from LeVar – one for you, and one for each of your friends! // Please note: travel & accommodations are NOT included.

To find out more and to back the project visit the Kickstarter project

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