CHARLESTON, SC – Lowcountry schools are starting to see the projects Stephen Colbert funded in their classrooms.
Three months ago the Charleston native and Late Show host pledged $800,000 to South Carolina schools on donorschoose.org by auctioning off items from his Comedy Central show the Colbert Report.”
“It’s so nice to have somebody from the outside that’s willing to fund public education,” said Harbor View Principal Laura Latto, who announced the Colbert donation over the loudspeakers back in May.
During the first week of school at Harborview elementary, students and teachers got a glimpse of their new supplies. “I have about 1000 books in these boxes,” said first grade teacher Julie Zimerle, who hasn’t even had a chance to open the dozen or so boxes.
Zimerle acknowledged her students may be too young to fully process Colbert’s benevolence, but have noticed the books. “One child asked me, I have to read all those books,” said Zimerle, “no, you don’t have to read all of them, but they’re there for you to read.”
School officials said Colbert’s donation funded more than a dozen other teachers projects at Harbor View.