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10th Annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award Ceremony

Celebrating successful public education initiatives in South Carolina

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Quality Counts, a Spartanburg First Steps program, received the 2020 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award during a virtual celebration of South Carolina public education presented by Furman University’s Riley Institute. Former U.S. Secretary of Education and two-term S.C. governor Dick Riley announced the winner and presented the award. The award is named for Riley and his late wife, Ann “Tunky” Riley, a devoted teacher and passionate advocate for quality public education for all children.

“We want our legislators, our friends, our colleagues, and our families to know that there’s a lot of good happening right here in South Carolina education,” Riley said. “Public education is critical to our democracy, and it takes all of us working together to keep it strong.”

As the top award recipient, Spartanburg First Steps/Quality Counts (Spartanburg) received $10,000. 

The two finalists, Alternative Pathways to Educator Certification (APEC) Program (Columbia) and Monaview MAGIC Initiative (Greenville), each received a $1,000 award.

View the finalists' videos and read more about this programView the News Release.


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