Summer Reading

Summer Reading

July 14, 2020

Hello Parents, 

Today, we will talk about why Summer Reading is important for your child/children. 

Summer reading builds a bridge while children are on summer break from June to September. Children who participate in a summer reading program and read a minimum of six books over the summer score higher in reading and math. (1) 

Summer Reading helps to prevent what is called “the summer slide.” The summer slide is defined as “a decline in reading ability and other academic skills that can occur over the summer months when school isn’t in session. Children who do not read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning before they return to school in the fall. (1) 

Parents help your child(ren) by encouraging them to read books online or reread a book they enjoy. Encourage your children to read for fun 30 minutes a day. What an improvement this will make in their comprehension and confidence in themselves. 

Parents, please read to your younger children. Child(ren) that are read to do better in school. Make time to read to your child(ren) 20 minutes a day, (for example right after dinner or right before bedtime). Do what works for your schedule, consistency is key. Your child(ren) will love the time spent (bonding) with them and you will be amazed by their development. 

Once you have started and are progressing through the summer please write to us and tell us how your children are doing. Email us at 

Enjoy Your Summer

—Eric Bassette 

1) Resource Guide for this article:

Reading to Your Children

Reading to Your Children

June 13, 2020

Greetings Parents, Today, let’s talk about reading. Over the next few blogs, I want to introduce (or reintroduce) the concept of reading to your child/children. Reading to your child is very important; especially for very young children. Reading to your child for 20 minutes a day would help them immensely. 

Your child must hear the word first before they can read it. So children that have been read to day after day – the Cat in Hat- will have an advantage from hearing the words cat and hat. When the child sees the word in print he/she will recognize it quicker and thus be a more comprehensive reader. To start the process keep it short, simple and consistent. Now watch your child’s enthusiasm over the coming days, weeks, and months. 

Let us know how you and your family are doing with the reading by emailing us at 

—Eric Bassette

Letter From the President, March 2019

Letter From the President, March 2019

Hello Friends,

Making Disciples Boys Mentoring Program had a exciting year in 2018.  Here is a look back at those thrilling moments. The mentoring program had four outings with the mentees and mentors.  The first outing the mentors took the mentees to see the movie Black Panther in February. The second outing was to the DuSable Museum of African American History in April.  The third outing was to a Chicago White Sox baseball game at US Cellular Field in June. And we finished out the year with the fourth outing which was our annual Back To School Event in August.

These outings are a fun time for the mentees and they also provide an opportunity for the mentors to teach, instruct, set positive examples, and most important, spend time with the young men.  

The Black Panther Movie allowed the mentees to see an African American male as a King.  The movie was fun and educational.

The DuSable Museum gave the mentees the opportunity to learn things about their heritage.  The displays and art tell the history and progress made by individuals such as African American inventors, engineers, mathematicians, artists, doctors, civil rights leaders, and many others.  The mentors were able to show them that they can accomplish extraordinary things because they stand on the shoulders of these great leaders who came before them and who led by example.

The White Sox baseball game was a fun day for mentees and mentors;  there was also some teachable moments for the mentees and therefore strengthening mentor/mentee relationships.

The Back To School Event was the last outing for the mentees.  The Event was a fun day. Each mentee was given a new book (along with 250 other children) to encourage them to read on a consistent basis.  

Below are pictures from three 2018 outings.  

(The 2018 Back to School pictures are also on the website.)

Mentors and mentees outing to see Black Panther movie in March 2018.
Making Disciples Mentors and mentees 2nd outing to the DuSable Museum of African American History in April
Making Disciples mentees at Chicago White Sox baseball game with mentors in June

Eric Bassette


Letter From the President, May 30 2018

Letter From the President, May 30 2018

Hello Friends,

It has been a while since I spoke to you last. Making Disciples Boys Mentoring Program has grown to nine mentees.  We believe that mentoring is vital to the development of our young boys.

Making Disciples will host its Second Back to School Event on August 11, 2018. Our goal is to provide new books, backpacks, and school supplies to 300 children.* The books are the key to this event, because reading is the essential tool that children need in order to succeed. What a great time this will be for the children, parents, mentors and mentees.


To attend with your child(ren) please email us with your information:

Parent/Guardian Name

Phone number

Child name, age, grade

There will be two Events that day

Please choose a time

Event 1:  11am to 2pm        

Event 2:  3pm to 5:30pm

Note: All children must be registered by an Adult



The Event Info:

Saturday August 11, 2018

The Event will be held at Oakwood Park in Matteson, Illinois.

207th & School Street (adjacent to Matteson Public Library)


*Back to school items are based on donations and will be distributed while supplies last.


Eric Bassette


Letter From the President Jan 10, 2018

Letter From the President, Jan 10 2018

Dear Friends,

I am happy to tell you the good news: Making Disciples, a Not for Profit Boys Mentoring Program with 501(c)(3) status, is now mentoring. The boys are referred to as mentees. The mentors and mentees are enjoying getting to know each other. Making Disciples is looking forward to seeing the mentees mature and excel under the guidance of their parents and mentors.

Although we are a boys mentoring program, this summer we wanted to do something for boys and girls. On August 12, 2017, Making Disciples sponsored its first annual Back to School Event. Our goal was to provide school supplies, backpacks, and new books for 100 children. Reading was the key to our event, because reading is the essential tool that children need in order to succeed. Do you remember reading your favorite story as a child? Do you remember how it felt to hold the book and to know it belonged to you? Well this summer some of these children got a chance to experience this for the first time. It was great to see so many happy little faces.

Making Disciples has set its sights on helping young children achieve their goals in life. We truly believe that Keeping a child’s dream Alive is the key to helping them become successful. All children dream when they are little. They dream of being astronauts, musicians, firemen, artists, athletes, doctors, and engineers. Small children dream of being like their fathers, uncles, mothers, aunts, and mentors. So the idea is to move them into their field of dreams before the dream begins to fade.

To achieve this we need dads, uncles, mothers, aunts, and mentors to spend time with a young child; listening to them when they have something to say, and talking to them when they need guidance. This is vital to a young child’s developmental process. Spending time to throw the football with him, throw the baseball with him, or taking her shopping, or helping him/her with their homework, gives the child a sense of identity.

Making Disciples Back To School Event was a success; we were able to give 80 plus children new books, backpacks and school supplies. I would like to thank all of the volunteers and donors that made this possible for us to help so many children.

Our children are our most precious responsibilities, let us give them our very best—our time.


Eric Bassette, President