November 24, 2016

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 Kenneth P. LaValle


Chenango Forks Middle School

Coram Elementary

Eagle Elementary

Hampton Bays Elementary School

Hampton Bays School District


Montauk Public School

Our Lady of the Hamptons Regional Catholic School

Port Jefferson Middle School

Remsenburg Speonk Elementary School

Terryville Road School

West Middle Island Elementary School