Stephen Colbert Raises $800,000 In Grants For South Carolina Teachers
Stephen Colbert just made the wishes of 800 teachers come true. The comedian and talk show host — with the support of Share Fair Nation and ScanSource — is shelling out $800,000 to fund 1,000 grant requests of all South Carolina public school educators on DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding site for teachers, Greenville Online reports.
According to Vox, South Carolina has spent about 10 percent less on each student since the economic downturn. One teacher on DonorsChoose.org said that she was in need of adhesive tape for her students. Another educator said that there weren’t enough pencils for his students — yes, pencils. He said he just couldn’t afford to keep buying them on his own and he needed some assistance. Several teachers asked for calculators, too.
But who would have thought that Colbert, best known from The Colbert Report, would swoop in and save the day?
Colbert felt inspired to give back because he, too, attended a South Carolina public school. So during an event at Alexander Elementary School on Thursday, Colbert surprised attendants and announced the good deed on a live video feed:
“Using the proceeds of the sale of my old set on The Colbert Report which we auctioned off, and with the generous matching funds from The Morgridge Family Foundation and ScanSource, DonorsChoose is going to flash-fund all 1,000 projects in South Carolina,” Colbert said. “Enjoy your learning, South Carolina.”
That’s $800,000 for 1,000 campaigns on DonorsChoose.org from 800 teachers to 375 schools in South Carolina.
“We are so grateful,” said Damon Qualls, a teacher at Alexander Elementary School in Greenville. “I’m actually speechless. This is unbelievable.”
“There are going to be some happy, happy teachers across the state,” said state schools Superintendent Molly Spearman. “This is Teacher Appreciation Week, so what a great way to say ‘thank you teachers for what you’re doing every day.'”
Colbert’s grant, according to Greenville, will fund classroom supplies, new books, school-branded clothing, professional development for teachers and more.