2018 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 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.


Catharine Young

2018 Submissions

Alfred-Almond Elementary School

6th Grade

Alison Wojtkowiak an essay (pdf)

Bea Beaudry an essay (pdf)

Brogan Donlon a work of art (pdf)

Cole Briggs a poem (pdf)

Ellora Enke an essay (pdf)

Francesca Strong an essay (pdf)

Jakolbey Dobson a poem (pdf)

Jesse Schreiber an essay (pdf)

Jonas Lockner an essay (pdf)

Kyle Robertshaw an essay (pdf)

Lillie Perkins a work of art (pdf)

McKenna Porter an essay (pdf)

Allegany-Limestone Elementary School


Mrs. Barry a work of art (pdf)

Mrs. Buckley a work of art (pdf)

Mrs. Elling a work of art (pdf)

Mrs. McMahan a work of art (pdf)

Mrs. Swetland a work of art (pdf)

Mrs. Vogtli a work of art (pdf)

1st Grade

Mrs. Buchanan an essay (pdf)

Mrs. Darrow an essay (pdf)

Mrs. Smith an essay (pdf)

2nd Grade

Mr. Gesing an essay (pdf)

Mr. Jones an essay (pdf)

Mrs. Thiel's students an essay (pdf)

Multi-Age Mrs. Rogets an essay (pdf)

3rd Grade

Mrs. Baxter an essay (pdf)

Mrs. C Miller 1st half an essay (pdf)

Mrs. C Miller 2nd half an essay (pdf)

Mrs. Mascioni 1st half an essay (pdf)

Mrs. Mascioni 2nd half an essay (pdf)

Mrs. Reed an essay (pdf)

4th Grade

Miss Vossler 7 students an essay (pdf)

Mr. Davis 1st half an essay (pdf)

Mr. Davis 2nd half an essay (pdf)

Mrs. Giardini 1st half an essay (pdf)

Mrs. Giardini 2nd half an essay (pdf)

5th Grade

Prospect Elementary School

3rd Grade

Drew Clayson an essay (jpg)

Ripley Central School

6th Grade

Carson Pinzok an essay (docx)

Gabby Fisher a poem (docx)

Lily Runkel a poem (docx)

Whitesville Central School

6th Grade

Bella Pepiciello a poem (pdf)

Eli Barney a poem (pdf)

Gage Hall a poem (pdf)

Graci Lewis-Ellison a poem (pdf)

Jack Lee a poem (pdf)

Katrina Lewis a poem (pdf)

Kiera Schlesing a poem (pdf)

Oliver Smith a poem (pdf)

Olivia Buchholz a poem (pdf)

Quinn Schultz a poem (pdf)

Zack Stage a poem (pdf)