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Stephen Colbert Is Funding Every Single Teacher-Requested Grant In South Carolina

The South Carolina native didn't forget where he came from. `

Posted on May 7, 2015, at 3:46 p.m. ET

TV comedian and soon-to-be Late Show host Stephen Colbert announced Thursday that he would fund all grant requests from South Carolina on the crowdfunding site Donorschoose.org, worth $800,000.

Colbert grew up in Charleston, South Carolina and is a product of the state's public schools.
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Colbert grew up in Charleston, South Carolina and is a product of the state's public schools.

He made the announcement via a live video feed to Alexander Elementary in Greenville, South Carolina, from a funding conference in New York, according to Greenville Online.

Donorschoose.org is an education crowdfunding website where public school teachers from all over the country request grants for projects, and donors get to decide what project their money goes towards.

Along with Donors Choose, Colbert also partnered with Share Fair Nation, which puts on education innovation events, and Scansource, a technology distribution company.

"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."

Together, all the money will fund 1,000 projects for more than 800 teachers at over 375 schools, totaling $800,000.

The grants will fund things like new books and classroom supplies, but also professional development for teachers.
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The grants will fund things like new books and classroom supplies, but also professional development for teachers.

Needless to say a lot of people in South Carolina are pretty happy.

"There are going to be some happy, happy teachers across the state," state schools Superintendent Molly Spearman told Greenville Online. "This is Teacher Appreciation Week, so what a great way to say 'thank you teachers for what you're doing every day.'"
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"There are going to be some happy, happy teachers across the state," state schools Superintendent Molly Spearman told Greenville Online. "This is Teacher Appreciation Week, so what a great way to say 'thank you teachers for what you're doing every day.'"

Cheers to Stephen, and cheers to education!

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