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Parents give teachers wine bottles with picture of son’s face for Christmas

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 8:46 PM
By: Amelia Robinson, Dayton Daily News

In most cases, a coffee mug would suffice as a Christmas gift for a hard-working teacher. 

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But Mary Sommers of metro Dayton, Ohio said the teachers who taught her son this year deserved something a little more intoxicating. 

“How many coffee mugs does a teacher need?” Sommers asked. “But who doesn’t need a glass of wine after teaching a kid like mine?” 

Good thing her friend just happens to work at a printing company. 

As a joke and a thank you, Sommers and her husband gifted their son Jake’s teachers at Ascension School in Kettering, Ohio with bottles of white wine with personalized wine labels reading: “Our Child Might Be The Reason you Drink So Enjoy This Bottle On Us.” 

The Sommers’ oldest son, Daniel Joseph “DJ” Sommers, a sophomore at Ohio State University, posted a photo of the bottles on his Twitter page and the post went viral. So far, it has had more than 5,400 retweets and 36,000 shares. 

Sommers said her son is not a bad kid, but he is “that kid.” 

In Jake’s case, the buckeye didn’t fall far from the tree. Somemrs said she was “that kid” when she was a student at Ascension, too. 

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“My four older siblings were good kids and it was hard to live up to that, so I didn’t try,” she recalled. “(Jake) always has something to say. He’s that kid.” 

DJ and Jake both said they were surprised by how much attention the post has received. 

DJ said he’s been contacted by a representative from “Good Morning America” and CNN, as well as television stations from around the country. 

Besides being a fun joke, DJ said the wine was also meant as a gift for the teacher who has served his family. 

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His sister Sarah also attended Ascension. As an eighth grader, this is Jake’s final year. 

“It is a farewell from my family,” DJ said. 

For his part, Jake said he thought it was pretty funny. 

“I guess my teachers deserve it (the wine),” he said.