Helping Kids Succeed in School and in Life

Our mission is to help children succeed in school as well as in life. We discover what a child is good at and then build on their own interests. Children and teens trust us because we believe in them.

Our close relationships with school systems and the business community in Chicago and its suburbs, allow us to advocate for our students with guidance counselors and teachers as well as to connect a child with a potential mentor or employer. And we never turn away a child because of money. Whatever it takes, we go the distance for our kids.

Kids' Best Friend Awards Event Honors Tom Miers, Mayor and Mrs. George Pradel, and
Vilma and Bill Paus - the Owners of Braconi's Restaurant

Dr. Mike Litow and his wife, Marva, along with Mayor and Mrs. Pradel, Tom Miers, and Vilma and Bill Paus, the award recipients of this year's Kids' Best Friend benefit.

The Education Center achieves a significant milestone this year as the organization celebrates its 35th anniversary – with a record of helping thousands of local children successfully overcome obstacles and gain success academically, socially, and within their families. “Our kids may be struggling with a learning disability, the loss of a parent or sibling, or just need a helping hand to get through a difficult situation,” stated Dr. Michael Litow, executive director. “The mission has never changed for The Education Center since its inception in 1979 – that of helping every child succeed in school and in life.” The program consists of a unique “life-coaching” approach, which creates an individual approach for each child enrolled in programming and meets their specific needs.
At this year’s Kids’ Best Friend Benefit and Awards Dinner, The Education Center honored five local leaders who are dedicated to the well-being of children and families. Several of the award winners have been working with youth for more than 40 years.
This year’s awards and winners are:
  • Kids’ Best Friend Award – Tom Miers, President, Naperville Bank and Trust
  • A new award, the George and Pat Pradel Humanitarian Award, has been established, and Mayor A. George Pradel and Pat Pradel, his wife, will be honored as the first recipients.
  • Business Leader Award – Bill and Vilma Paus, Braconi’s Restaurant and Pizzeria

Awards were be presented at The Education Center’s annual Kids’ Best Friend Benefit on Friday, October 17, in the Lisle/Naperville Hilton Grand Ballroom.

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