Prominent media personality and the former host of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert, presented the public schools in his home state with an extraordinary gift to celebrate the "Teacher's Appreciation Week."
The comedian, who is set to replace David Letterman at the Late Show in September, teamed up with Share Fair Nation and Scan Source to donate a whopping $800,000 to fund every single grant request made by the South Carolina public school teachers on crowdfunding site Donors Choose.
Colbert made the surprise announcement during a conference in New York, pledging to fund every existing grand request on the education-focused website. He also explained that he raised the money by auctioning off set pieces from his old show – including his famed desk where he sat for nearly a decade.
"Using the proceeds of the sale of my old set on The Colbert Report that we auctioned off, and the generous matching funds from the Morgridge Family Foundation and ScanSource, DonorsChoose is going to flash-fund all 1,000 projects in South Carolina schools," the 50-year-old told the elementary school students in Greenville via a remote video. "Enjoy your learning, South Carolina!"
The generous donation will fund nearly 1,000 class room projects for nearly 800 teachers in more than 375 local schools. Colbert's contribution will provide the schools with everything from basic supplies, such as erasers and pencils, to motivational posters, books, gym equipment and iPads.
"I commend Stephen, Share Fair Nation and Greenville’s own ScanSource for the support that they have given the dedicated and hardworking teachers of South Carolina through this gracious gift," stated Molly Spearman, the state superintendent of education. "I know these teachers will use it in a way that improves the quality of education for South Carolina’s students."
Talk about hometown pride!
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