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 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. 


James Gaughran

2021 Submissions

Vernon School

5th Grade

Emma Kim a work of art (pdf)

Jeffrey Zheng a work of art (pdf)

Lilly Kilgour a work of art (pdf)

Vienna Casaceli a work of art (pdf)

Violet Acerra a work of art (pdf)

6th Grade

Alexandra Leigh a work of art (pdf)

Hailey Vidro a work of art (pdf)

Tamara Isakharov a work of art (pdf)