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Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award 2016

Sixth Annual Dick and Tunky Riley What WorksSCTM Award for Excellence

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC
Friday, October 14, 2016
12:30 - 2 p.m.

Honoring highly effective education initiatives in South Carolina

At the October 14 luncheon, Furman University’s Riley Institute and South Carolina Future Minds presented the annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence to Healing Species, which uses rescued dogs to teach compassion and violence prevention to at-risk students. Along with a beautiful crystal award, Healing Species was given a check for $5,000 to use in sharing the story of their initiative so they can replicate it in even more schools. Former two-term Governor of South Carolina and United States Secretary of Education Dick Riley presented the award. To view the program, click here.

Linda O’Bryon, president and CEO of South Carolina ETV, hosted a conversation with Charleston County Schools Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait and Spartanburg District 7 Superintendent Russell Booker about what is happening in their districts to close the achievement gap among different racial and socioeconomic groups.

Below are videos of the three 2016 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC award finalists:

  • Healing Specieswhich uses rescued dogs to provide classroom lessons in compassion and violence prevention to elementary, middle and high school students in high poverty, high risk schools and incarceration facilities.


  • Engaging Creative Minds, which improves learning and inspires creativity and innovation by integrating arts into the curriculum through in-school activities, professional development for teachers, and summer programming.


  • PULSE, which offers a variety of standards-aligned activities and services such as mentoring, summer reading camp, the Comer Schools Development Program, and accelerated learning opportunities to students in the Darlington School District.

Engaging Creative Minds and PULSE received a $1,000 cash award to grow their program and share information about it.

Press Coverage

Furman University Press Release, Moultrie News

Many thanks to our co-presenters, South Carolina State Board of Education and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and for the generous support from the South Carolina Association of School Administrators,
South Carolina PTA and the South Carolina School Board Association.

Our great thanks to SCETV for the production of the finalists’ video features.