Charleston first grade teacher among hundreds surprised by Stephen Colbert

Charleston first grade teacher among hundreds surprised by Stephen Colbert

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Memminger Elementary first grade teacher Jeehan Dinwiddie is still smiling.

Dinwiddie joined nearly 800 teachers statewide Thursday, surprised by South Carolina native and television personality Stephen Colbert.

Colbert, in partnership with Share Fair Nation, the Morgridge Family Foundation and ScanSource, funded 1000 requests for school supplies across South Carolina, on crowdfunding site,


The statewide surprise came in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

According to Share Fair Nation spokesperson Mercedes Allen, Colbert "flash funded" every project that was live on the site as of 12:30 p.m., amounting to $800,000 in projects across the Palmetto State.

Dinwiddie had three requests on the site, which included two bookshelves, approximately $500 in books, and a MacBook computer.  She estimates the total value to be close to $3000.

"It was absolutely the biggest surprise I've gotten this year," she said.  "It was wonderful."

According to officials with the Charleston County School district, 320 staff members had requests funded Thursday, which included everything from Ipads, to culinary supplies.

This is the second time the district has benefited from flash funding.

On October 1, 2014, AT&T flash-funded all Tri-county requests on DonorsChoose, with more than $70,000 fulfilling 130 requests. 

As of Friday, officials with Berkeley and Dorchester counties were still tallying requests, but said "it was like Christmas Day around here."

Memminger's Jeehan Dinwiddie, who said she was a big fan of Stephen Colbert fan before, is an even bigger fan now.

"This made us fans for life."

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