Since 2001, the Padres annually honor exceptional San Diego County school teachers at Petco Park. The club provides special discounts to the region's primary and secondary teachers, pays tribute to the San Diego County District Teachers of the Year and the reigning County Teachers of the Year. 2014 Teacher Appreciation Night was presented by National University. For more information please call (619) 795-5500.
As an extension of the club's $8.3 million investment in a state-of-the-art baseball facility in the Dominican Republic, the Padres have established a visible presence in improving the schools and educational opportunities for children in the nearby town of Najayo, with other academic and health initiatives being planned for implementation.
The San Diego Padres Wives Book Drive is scheduled for Saturday, June 28 when the Padres take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park at 7:10 p.m. and will benefit two local charities, Reach Out and Read San Diego and Words Alive. Fans are asked to bring new and gently used childrens books appropriate for kids 0-5 years old. Drop off tables will be located outside of key Petco Park gates from the time gates open at 5:30 p.m. through the 2nd inning of the game. Additional drop off locations will be available at the Padres Ticket Office lobby of Petco Park and the San Diego Public Library central location starting June 9 - Friday, June 27.
Padres players visit schools and read to students to promote reading and education throughout San Diego County.
The San Diego Padres will launch the Padres All-Star Summer Reading Program in partnership with the San Diego Public and County libraries to promote summer reading and reward summer reading program participants with Padres game tickets.
By reading ten books or by reading for ten hours during June through August, children earn a pair of tickets to a game at Petco Park. Kids ages birth through 12th grade participate in the Summer Reading Program through their local libraries during June through August.