Recall 'Reading Rainbow'? Geordi La Forge wants to revive it

LeVar Burton seeks $1 million on Kickstarter to bring "Reading Rainbow," off the air since 2009, to children everywhere via the Internet.

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LeVar Burton and his long-running PBS program "Reading Rainbow" captured the imaginations of many kids who grew up in the '80s and '90s and helped make reading fun. Sadly, the program was cancelled in 2006, and went off the air completely in 2009.

"Reading Rainbow" saw a resurgence in 2012 when the team launched an iPad app that brought hundreds of interactive books and video field trips to app users, but that wasn't enough for Burton.

on Wednesday, Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign that looks to raise $1 million to bring Reading Rainbow to every child in the world via the Internet with the aim of eliminating illiteracy once and for all.

If the campaign is successful, Burton will bring the vast library of "Reading Rainbow" to anyone with an Internet browser. From there, he'll build a specialized classroom version of "Reading Rainbow" that will be made completely free to schools in need so that every child, no matter their situation, can learn to read. It's a lofty goal, and one that would certainly bring a smile to Commander Geordi La Forge's VISOR-wearing face.

 

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