Second grader’s grandmother named ‘Mother of the Year’

In the spirit of a day dedicated to the women who dedicate their lives to the love and care of their families, a Wapakoneta second grader wrote a list of reasons why he loves his grandmother.

That essay was presented to the Wapakoneta Daily News by the student's teacher and has qualified his grandmother as the 2014 "Mother of the Year," an annual contest entered by hundreds of sons, daughters and grandchildren throughout the newspaper coverage area.

"She is the very, very, very best grandma I've got," Justin Furr, 8, said about his grandmother, Tresa Drexler, of Wapakoneta, when asked why he decided to write the essay.

Drexler said she was happy to be recognized by her grandson, as well as the newspaper. She received flowers, gifts and certificates from area businesses in celebration of Mother's Day.

"I was surprised," Drexler said. "That was very sweet of him. He's a good kid."

Not only is Drexler a mother of four and a grandmother of eight children, but she has cared for countless children through the daycare center she runs out of her home through Auglaize County Job and Family Services.

For the full story, see the Thursday, May 8 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.