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Stephen Colbert and generous friends give South Carolina teachers $800,000

Stephen Colbert had a big surprise for school kids in his home state of South Carolina on Thursday.
Stephen Colbert had a big surprise for school kids in his home state of South Carolina on Thursday. Associated Press

Stephen Colbert showed some serious love for his home state when he announced a major donation to South Carolina teachers on Thursday.

The man who will step into David Letterman’s late-night shoes in a few months has arranged to fund all 1,000 classroom project grant requests from South Carolina public school teachers on the crowd funding website DonorsChoose.org.

Colbert announced the gift via a live video stream during an event at a grade school in Greenville, S.C., reports The Greenville News.

Share Fair Nation and ScanSource are also kicking in for the gift.

Colbert told students that some of the money came from the auction of his old set on the “The Colbert Report,” the Comedy Central show he ended in December.

According to the News, this gift will pay for the projects of more than 800 teachers at more than 375 public schools.

The generosity comes during national Teacher Appreciation Week, and in the same week a Topeka waitress made national headlines by telling Kansas governor Sam Brownback to “tip the schools” instead of her.

An enthusiastic Colbert shouted a message to the school kids who watched his announcement: “Enjoy your learning, South Carolina!”

         
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