Malcolm Smith

December 2, 2014

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.


Senator Malcolm A. Smith

MS 138

PS 20 John Bowne Elementary School

Renaissance Middle School IS192

Sacred Heart Catholic Academy

St. Clare Catholic Academy

Talented and Gifted School for Young Scholars

The Nuturing Center and Academy