On June 12, Lincoln-Way East Best Buddies sponsors Johnny and Beth Russler were awarded "Advisor of the Year" by Best Buddies Illinois for bringing the club together and growing the program to be a district-wide organization.
The award was presented to the Russlers by their current Best Buddies student officers, along with the president, Julia Chillon, who also spearheaded the end of the year/congratulatory dinner where the award was presented.
Each year, Best Buddies Illinois chooses sponsors who have done an outstanding job in assisting Best Buddies as an organization to thrive. This year, Mr. and Mrs. Russler were awarded this honor because of their dedication to growing the Best Buddies program at the Lincoln-Way Central and West campuses.
Since the 2011-12 school year, Best Buddies-East has been growing the organization, which helps those in the community find meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs and improve self-advocacy skills. Best Buddies-East has previously received awards including Rookie Club of the Year, Outstanding Chapter of the Year, and President of the Year.