Creative Celebration

December 22, 2011

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. In our first year, 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 LaValle

East Moriches Middle School

Miller Place High School

Montauk Public School

Our Lady of Mercy Regional School

Pulaski Street School

Sag Harbor Elementary School

Southhampton Elementary School

Springs School

Tuckahoe Common School

Wading River Elementary

Westhampton Beach

West Middle Island Elementary School - Longwood School District