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.


Mario R. Mattera

2021 Submissions

Comsewogue High School

6th Grade

Arijit a work of art (jpg)

Developmental Disabilities Institute

12th Grade

Anthony Cavaliere a work of art (jpg)

Shane Bruen a work of art (jpg)

Zane Morgan a work of art (jpg)

Sunshine Alternative Education Center

11th Grade

Isaiah Batista a work of art (pdf)

Jada Smith a work of art (pdf)

12th Grade

AJ Vaiano a work of art (pdf)

Anthony Giunta a work of art (pdf)

Mason Pliakis a work of art (pdf)

Ray Beaulieau a work of art (pdf)