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. 


Monica R. Martinez

2019 Submissions

Charles A Mulligan Middle School

1st Grade

Gabriela Rubio a work of art (jpeg)

Gael Castro a work of art (jpg)

Pine Park Elementary School


All kids in Ms. Sanzone-Korkus a work of art (pdf)

Saint Mary School

6th Grade

Aidan Sanford an essay (docx)

Brianna Contreras an essay (docx)

Gabriella Torres an essay (docx)

James Quinn an essay (docx)

Katherine Lemery an essay (docx)

Mairead Reitzel an essay (docx)

Michaela Daly a poem (docx)

Rose Dobert an essay (docx)

Tommy Holliday a poem (docx)

Southeast Elementary School

3rd Grade

Denis Canizalez Medina an essay (docx)

Diana Velasquez an essay (docx)

Jancarlo Montenegro an essay (docx)

Silvia Benitez an essay (docx)

Sunrise Drive Elementary School

2nd Grade

Antonia an essay (pdf)

Austin an essay (pdf)

Brady an essay (pdf)

Brielle an essay (pdf)

Camryn an essay (pdf)

Chase an essay (pdf)

Cole an essay (pdf)

Douglas an essay (pdf)

Emily an essay (pdf)

Erin an essay (pdf)

Gabby an essay (pdf)

Jackson an essay (pdf)

Kate an essay (pdf)

Logan an essay (pdf)

Matthew an essay (pdf)

Nate a work of art (jpg)

Robby an essay (pdf)

Robert an essay (pdf)

Robyn an essay (pdf)

Savannah an essay (pdf)

Scarlett an essay (pdf)

Tyler an essay (pdf)