The DonorsChoose challenge has now wrapped up. Cosmic variance readers raised an astounding $11,525, with 34 people donating, impacting 2,720 students at schools across the nation. As far as I know, our generous readers once again contributed more than any other science blog out there, by a comfortable margin! All of us at CV would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our readers.
As promised, we're also doling out some loot. For those having contributed over $100, we will arrange for a copy of Sean's new book (you do know he has a book coming out, right?) to get to you, once it's available (expected in early January). For contributions of $500 or more (of which there were at least five), a copy of Sean's lectures on the dark universe will be forthcoming. To claim your thank you gift, please contact me (if you haven't already) with your name and address, and the amount contributed. Most importantly, thank you to everyone for making this an incredible success. I encourage you to read over the many thank you notes at our giving page, and hear about the direct impact you've all made on the lives of these children. And, of course, although the Media Challenge is officially over, there's nothing to stop you from continuing to donate. There are still plenty of budding Einsteins, being held back by a lack of basic necessities that you could directly provide.