November 22, 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 Timothy M. Kennedy


Cayuga Heights Elementary School

  • Rian Alberti
  • Paige Bemish
  • Jenna Fiorello
  • Ariel Francis
  • Olivia Guggemos
  • Gabrielle LaBruna
  • Michael Merriman
  • Amber Milewski
  • Julia Ostrander
  • Tyler Pagano
  • Kathryn Piatkowski
  • Branden Purpura
  • Alexis Sywak
  • Ryan Vargo
  • Anthony Weber

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School

  • Sultan A.
  • Chloe A.
  • Landyn B.
  • Lia B.
  • Mason B.
  • Jay E.
  • Bella F.
  • Nevaeh G.
  • Gabriel H.
  • Ciara H.
  • Tiernan H.
  • Sabrina K.
  • Scott K.
  • Tyler K.
  • NauJalinna M.
  • Alina N.
  • Joseph R.
  • Gracie H.
  • Elijah S.
  • Lukas S.
  • Wynter S.
  • Brooklyn S.
  • Jaylee S.
  • Jayla T.

Cantalician Center

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

Truman Elementary