THE END OF THE RAINBOW LED TO A PARK IN SOUTH SAC

Childhood icon, LeVar Burton, gets a park named after him in his hometown

June 12, 2019
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Some are too young to remember, but once upon a time there was a beloved educational sitcom for kids called Reading Rainbow

Yes, this was decades ago; airing in the same time period as Mister Roger's Neighborhood - but it was very popular show.

Fast forward to 2019 and the star of the show, Levar Burton has returned to his hometown of Sacramento with honors. He has of course starred in other popular programs, including Star Trek: The Next Generation and Roots; but most will still recall him as the face and voice that welcomed children to take a look...in a book (I know right, books are so old). Burton actually grew up in the Meadowview neighborhood of South Sac and the park in the area (formerly named Richfield Park) is now officially named LeVar Burton Park - after the dedication commencement June 11th. 

The SacBee notes, Burton credits that “Everything I have done in the field of literacy has been in honor of my mother, Irma Jean Christian.” It turns out his mother was an English teacher and social worker that was dedicated to the notion of improvement and education. Turns out the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Along with the honor of the park renaming, the day was also delcared "LeVar Burton Day" by The Sacramento City Council. For more on the story, click HERE.


 


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