Creative Celebration

Lee M. Zeldin

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 Zeldin

Academy Street Elementary School


Brookhaven Elementary School

John S. Hobart Elementary

Loretta Park Elementary School

Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School

River Avenue Elementary School


St. Mary School

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School

Tamarac Elementary School

Waverly Ave. Elementary School

William Paca Middle School