2020 Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration

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 community, 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. 


Andrea Stewart-Cousins
New York State Senator, District 35
President Pro Tem, Majority Leader

2020 Submissions

Sacred Heart Elementary School

5th Grade

Alexia Borrelli a work of art (pdf)

Alondra Balbuena an essay (pdf)

Camila Calderon a work of art (pdf)

Catalina Williams an essay (pdf)

Dylan Doddy an essay (pdf)

Jezebelle Taveras a work of art (pdf)

Johann Tuapante a work of art (pdf)

Joseph Garcia a work of art (pdf)

Leonardo Martinez a work of art (pdf)

Marcus Garcia an essay (pdf)

Xavier Dewitt-Gonzalez a work of art (pdf)

6th Grade

Camila Guiterrez a work of art (pdf)

Damien Gonzalez an essay (pdf)

Emilis Flores a work of art (pdf)

Ivanna Franco a work of art (pdf)

Ryan Smith an essay (pdf)

Stella Talaba an essay (pdf)

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6th Grade

Alice Rodriguez a poem (docx)

Andrew Durant a poem (docx)

Brian Perez a poem (docx)

Daira Aguilar a poem (docx)

Janet Marroquin a poem (docx)

Jimena Hernandez a poem (docx)

Megan Huerta a poem (docx)

Melena Avila a poem (docx)

Miguel Cabrera a poem (docx)

Sarahi Mejia a poem (docx)

School 16

2nd Grade

Mileny a work of art (pdf)

Springhurst Elementary School

5th Grade

Anna an essay (pdf)

Virginia Road Elementary School

2nd Grade

Luka a work of art (jpeg)