Colbert Helps Fund Every SC Teacher Request
He teams up to grant 1K wishes on crowdfunding site for about $800K
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2015 3:58 PM CDT
Stephen Colbert in 2012.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Stephen Colbert describes himself as a product of South Carolina public schools, and today he showed his gratitude: He announced funding for every single request from his home state's teachers on the crowdfunding site DonorsChoose. That's good for nearly 1,000 requests from more than 800 teachers, for a grand total of about $800,000, reports Greenville Online. Colbert says the money is from auctioning the set of his former show, along with matching funds from the Morgridge Family Foundation and ScanSource.

"Enjoy your learning, South Carolina," he says. As Vulture puts it, "Colbert just became Oprah for South Carolina teachers." As for the projects being funded, "I think it's generally extra things, but to be honest with you, in some situations it could be basic-type things that the students need where the district just hasn't been able to fund it," says the state's school chief.