2019 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. 


Brian A. Benjamin

2019 Submissions

Global Community Charter School

1st Grade

Abran an essay (pdf)

Arcel Perez a work of art (pdf)

Briana an essay (pdf)

Chanyia McCoy a work of art (pdf)

Delilah Villalona a work of art (pdf)

Elijah Wood a work of art (pdf)

Hollis Robinson a work of art (pdf)

Joanna Dubon a work of art (pdf)

Jostin an essay (pdf)

Kennedy Barnes a work of art (pdf)

Layla an essay (pdf)

Messiah an essay (pdf)

Milania Collado a work of art (pdf)

Payton Glasby a work of art (pdf)

Philip an essay (pdf)

2nd Grade

Aitana Q. an essay (jpg)

Ariana P. an essay (jpg)

Camilo B. an essay (jpg)

Charlie M. an essay (jpg)

Dayelis P. an essay (jpg)

Esther M. an essay (jpg)

Genesis A. an essay (jpg)

Genesis Mateo-Santana an essay (pdf)

Issaiah J. an essay (jpg)

Jamir C. an essay (jpg)

Jocelyn V. an essay (jpg)

Josiel N. an essay (jpg)

Kaylee P. an essay (jpg)

Kylee M. an essay (jpg)

Lucas P. an essay (jpg)

Maria N. an essay (jpg)

Neziah Finch-Carrilo an essay (jpg)

Sanai T. an essay (jpg)

Tiyanna Fernandez an essay (pdf)

3rd Grade

Aayden a poem (jpg)

Ahmed Alzindani a poem (jpeg)

Ahmed Alzindani a poem (jpeg)

Allison Saloma an essay (jpg)

Anisah Sanogo an essay (jpg)

Ashleen Cari an essay (jpg)

Brycen a work of art (jpg)

Chales Escalante an essay (jpg)

Christopher a work of art (jpg)

Damien a work of art (jpg)

Daniel a work of art (jpg)

Deibi an essay (jpg)

Emily a work of art (jpg)

Ethan Veliz a poem (jpeg)

Faith Brown an essay (jpg)

Gredmarie Reyes a poem (jpeg)

Heaven Bolla a poem (jpeg)

Jase Horne an essay (jpg)

Ja’mere Pierce a poem (jpeg)

Jonathan Gadsen an essay (jpg)

Journi Johnson a poem (jpeg)

Keiline a poem (jpg)

Kenia Paz a poem (jpeg)

Lacey a work of art (jpg)

Laila Lara a poem (jpeg)

Lenix a work of art (jpg)

Lesley Campos Ramirez a poem (jpeg)

Lya Gonzalez an essay (jpg)

Madison a poem (jpg)

Massandje Doumbia an essay (jpg)

Nashawn McCalla an essay (jpg)

Natalie a work of art (jpg)

Neriyah Williams an essay (jpg)

Ryan Frias a poem (jpeg)

Said Adda an essay (jpg)

Samira a poem (jpg)

Troy Harris an essay (jpg)

Vallery Pena a poem (jpeg)

Zaire Muhammad a poem (jpeg)

4th Grade

Adriana Tejada a work of art (pdf)

Diya Palma Gil a poem (pdf)

Heidi Escalera an essay (pdf)

Kendra Penafiel a poem (pdf)

Matthew Vargas an essay (pdf)

Stacey Olivares a poem (docx)

Trinity Mateo a work of art (pdf)

Yriana Saldaña an essay (pdf)

Zyanya Garcia an essay (pdf)

5th Grade

Andy Santana a work of art (jpg)

Ariannie a work of art (pdf)

Cosby Bolla a work of art (jpg)

Cristian a poem (pdf)

Cristian Alvarez a work of art (jpg)

Damaris Brunson a work of art (jpg)

Darian Redman & Aitor Quito a work of art (jpg)

Evelyn Urrita a poem (jpg)

Jordan Johnson a work of art (jpg)

Kelad Alzindani a poem (docx)

Kwaku Horsfod a work of art (jpg)

Laisa a poem (pdf)

Mariam an essay (pdf)

Sophia Read a work of art (jpg)

Wildelys a work of art (pdf)

PS 180 Hugo Newman

5th Grade

Neda Pannell a poem (pdf)