2021 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.


Elijah Reichlin-Melnick

2021 Submissions

A MacArthur Barr 5-6 Academy for Excellence

6th Grade

Saint Anthony School

8th Grade

Angie a work of art (docx)

Frederica a work of art (jpeg)

Jibao a poem (docx)

Obinna Nnamdi an essay (docx)

Sabrina a work of art (jpg)

Victoria Zalewski a poem (docx)

Spring Valley High School

9th Grade

Zeeshan Naveed a poem (docx)

10th Grade

Riven (Amaya) Joseph a poem (pdf)