The staff, family, friends, and supporters of Parents as Teachers from across the region celebrated the beginning of spring with 200 attendees from families enrolled in the Show Me Strong Families (SMSF) Parents as Teachers program joined staff friends and family at Busch Stadium on Sunday, April 2 at a season-opening weekend “Day at the Ballpark.”
The St. Louis Baseball Cardinals took on the Toronto Blue Jays where Parents as Teachers staff member Phyllis McGuire threw out the ceremonial first pitch in celebration of her birthday and soon-coming retirement.
The annual Parents as Teachers Day at the Ballpark was first held in 2019, during the organization’s 35th Anniversary and Pre-COVID – to build greater awareness about home visiting and Parents as Teachers while celebrating families with young children and the phenomenal Baseball Cardinals.
Tickets were offered at a special reduced price of $35 each (including a hot dog, beverage, and commemorative T-shirt) with only 500 available. Individuals had the opportunity to donate to support families served by SMSF to attend the Day at the Ballpark, through a matching donation initiative.
For every $35 received from donations, Parents as Teachers National Center provided an SMSF family with a single ticket to the game.