MORE BIG NEWS! Kickstarter's Most Successful Projects (Pebble, OUYA, Pono & Veronica Mars) Are Here to Help!
LeVar again. It's Friday, June 27, and we've now got just four days left in this campaign. But the response to Seth's $1,000,000 matching offer has been incredible.
Hundreds of you have written and commented to tell us that you're increasing -- even doubling -- your pledges to take advantage of the matching. That means everything to us, and I hope you'll be proud of what we accomplish together.
And guess what: this afternoon, I've got even more amazing news.
With the renewed momentum, we are now one of the TOP 5 Kickstarter Projects of All Time:
That alone would have been incredible news, but the real news is even better.
This afternoon, the teams behind every other Kickstarter in the Top 5 – Pebble, OUYA, Pono and Veronica Mars – are all stepping up to help us go even farther. Every single one of them.
Starting right now, you'll find four new LIMITED EDITION rewards, one from each of the other projects, created just to help our campaign.
And if you decide to grab one of the new rewards, don't forget: Seth will still be matching whatever you spend – so your pledge will go twice as high, and let us reach even more schools in need.
To the generous souls at Pebble, OUYA, Pono and Veronica Mars: thank you for joining us. What you're doing here is unprecedented. We're honored to join you in the Top 5, and we're proud to have you as friends on the mission.
But you don't have to take my word for it.
Backers, please join me in the comments or on Twitter to thank our newest supporters: @Pebble, @PlayOUYA, @Pono and @VeronicaMars, and keep reading for more details about what each project is doing to help.
As LeVar said, we're adding 4 exciting new LIMITED EDITION rewards -- one for each of the "Kickstarter All-Stars" that have stepped up to help ensure that we can get Reading Rainbow to even more classrooms in need:
- The PEBBLE + RR Package ($140, limited to 500)
- The OUYA + RR Package ($250, hand-signed, limited to 500)
- The PONO + RR Package ($750, limited to 20)
- The VERONICA MARS + RR LIVE Package ($750, limited to 65)
Important: please note that, in order to keep these prices low, NONE of these packages include other rewards by default. However, you can get the other rewards as ADD-ONs by increasing your total pledge, so if you want everything in the $200 base package, just add $200 to your total pledge amount, and you'll get everything!
ALL THE DETAILS
The folks at Pebble – an amazing smartwatch that can connect to iOS and Android phones to run all sorts of cool applications right on your wrist, and switch between hundreds of cool (and free) face designs – are huge Reading Rainbow fans, and were eager to get involved. So, in addition to ADOPTING A CLASSROOM themselves, their team is creating a brand new "Limited Edition" version of their smartwatch just for this campaign.
The PEBBLE + RR SMARTWATCH Package, available NOW as a $140 REWARD, includes a Jet Black Pebble, with LeVar's signature laser-etched on the back. Team Pebble is also designing a special READING RAINBOW WATCHFACE featuring our 8-BIT LEVAR, which will be available first to our backers before being available to all Pebble owners in their appstore. Need to know the time? Take a look: it'll be in a book, on the screen of your Pebble! (Final design may vary.) To keep this special, this will be a ONE-TIME SPECIAL EDITION of just 500 watches. After that, the version with LeVar's signature will never be available again. We expect this reward to ship in December 2014.
For more details about the Pebble, check out their Kickstarter project.
The team at OUYA -- an Android-based game console so small that you can almost fit it in your pocket -- were just as excited to get involved. When we hit our $5 MILLION STRETCH GOAL, we'll be able to bring the Reading Rainbow App to the OUYA itself, providing an affordable option for teachers and classrooms where multiple computers and tablets might not be available. The OUYA can connect to any television or projector with HDMI input, helping more schools make use of the equipment they have.
In fact, to help make sure all of the schools adopted with the ADOPT A SCHOOL reward can use their free year-long subscription to Reading Rainbow, OUYA has also volunteered to contribute a free OUYA to each of the ADOPT A SCHOOL ($5000) reward packages. And as if that weren't enough, they've also created a brand new "Limited Edition" version of their console just for this campaign.
The OUYA + RR GAME CONSOLE Package, available NOW as a $250 REWARD, includes a brand-new "BUTTERFLY-IN-THE SKY BLUE" OUYA console and controller. To keep this reward special, this will be a ONE-TIME LIMITED EDITION, so if you don't order one through this Kickstarter campaign, this version -- and this color -- will never be available again. And to make them even more exclusive, LeVar will hand-sign the 500 reward package OUYAs before we ship them to you. We expect this reward to ship in December 2014.
You can also get the OUYA + RR CONSOLE (unsigned) as an ADD-ON REWARD with any package for $175, or donate one to a classroom of your choice for $150.
For more details about the OUYA, check out their Kickstarter project.
The team at PONO Music are still busily working to launch their own product -- the PonoPlayer, a new device that is designed to offer a new kind of music listening experience that's second to none -- but they were just as eager to help. So, despite very limited availability and high demand for their devices, they have also agreed to create an exclusive "Reading Rainbow - Collector's Edition" version of the PonoPlayer.
The PONO + RR COLLECTOR'S EDITION PONOPLAYER Package, available NOW as a $750 REWARD, will get you 1 of the only 20 Reading Rainbow PonoPlayers that will ever exist. It comes with LeVar's signature laser-engraved in the side, and a few PonoMusic tracks preloaded to get you started -- along with an audio message from LeVar himself. We expect this reward to ship in December 2014.
For more details about the PonoPlayer, check out their Kickstarter project.
Finally, we have the team behind VERONICA MARS, who hold the current record for MOST KICKSTARTER BACKERS. Not only are they not worried that we might take over that record -- they believe in our mission so much that they're actually going to help us do it. Three of the stars of Veronica Mars have offered to team up with LeVar for a special READING RAINBOW LIVE benefit event in Los Angeles in Spring 2015. At the event, LeVar will be joined by Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars; Anna from Disney's FROZEN) and co-stars Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars) and Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), where the four will read stories to a small group of children and their parents. And like LeVar, all three of them are great narrators, so you won't want to miss this.
The VERONICA MARS + RRL Package, available NOW as a $750 REWARD, gets you three tickets to join LeVar, Kristen, Enrico and Jason in person for a few hours next spring (exact date TBD), as well as some exclusive autographed souvenirs and a DVD to keep! (Please note that this event is not scheduled to include a Meet and Greet, and does not include other rewards. If you want all of the items in the $200 reward package as well, please add $200 to your total pledge when claiming this reward!)
For more details about Veronica Mars, check out their Kickstarter project.
If you've got questions about these four rewards, be sure to let us know in the comments below. And if you want one, we suggest pledging to get it now, before it disappears!
That's all for now, but we'll see you next time!
The Reading Rainbow Team
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