But I'd just like to say that, despite the decline of English classrooms in our time, we aren't too far gone yet. I have seen a glimmer of hope.
Watch out, world: Reading Rainbow is making a comeback.
That's right, kids. 105,857 people have raised over 5 million dollars on Reading Rainbow's Kickstarter project (which ended earlier this month) to bring Reading Rainbow to new audiences. With addition of a 1 million dollar celebrity donation from Seth MacFarlane, the grand total was over 6 million. OVER SIX MILLION DOLLARS. Did I mention that the Kickstarter goal was only 1 million? Did I mention that in the first three days of the Kickstarter, they raised a million each day? Did I further mention that this is CRAZY AWESOME and that it spells hope for future generations?
This is huge because we actually do have a reading problem in our country/educational system, in case you've been living under a rock. (I was. Until library summer program.) And Reading Rainbow (the show, the app, and now other cool stuff) does more to instill in kids a love of reading and the magic of a story than you might think. It's changing lives by changing the way and how much kids read both in and out of the classroom.
The Reading Rainbow "revival" project is called a literacy fundraiser because, according to the Reading Rainbow stats, kids are growing up illterate.
|this is what Reading Rainbow says|
But illiteracy aside, reading is crazy important. You can be literate without maximizing your full potential. And I guarantee that reading helps you maximize your full potential. Reading other people's stories helps you realize what you want out of your own.
So what is Reading Rainbow doing with all that money? In this digital age, they're adapting Reading Rainbow to screens of all sorts. They're formatting books and their "video field trips" for not only personal use but also for full fledged classroom use. They have three specific goals (which they can now meet thanks to SIX MILLION DOLLARS):
This is super duper awesome. Free books? In English classrooms that are otherwise dying from a lack of BOOKS? I'm a fan.
The Kickstarter is now closed, but click here if you still want to support the project. And follow Reading Rainbow on Twitter for more cool book news.