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.


Pamela Helming

2018 Submissions

Raymond C Buckley Elementary School

4th Grade

Brayden Rockefeller an essay (pdf)

Ciel Coronado an essay (pdf)

Cleo Martin an essay (pdf)

Harper Ivery an essay (pdf)

Jackson Tarbert an essay (pdf)

Kacey Strang an essay (pdf)

Kendra Geesey an essay (pdf)

Kendra Geesey an essay (pdf)

Liam Oppedisano an essay (pdf)

Liana DeJesus an essay (pdf)

Maeve Corso an essay (pdf)

Miley Palmer an essay (pdf)

Nicco Binns an essay (pdf)

Oona Senft an essay (pdf)

Pierce Corso an essay (pdf)

William Bartnik an essay (pdf)

Sodus Intermediate School

4th Grade

Ava LoBrutto-Payton a poem (jpg)

5th Grade

Aisha St. Fleur a work of art (jpg)

Wayne Central Elementary School

4th Grade

Aidan an essay (docx)

Allyson a poem (docx)

Andrew an essay (docx)

Andrew a poem (docx)

Blake an essay (docx)

Brooke an essay (docx)

Daniel a poem (docx)

Elise a poem (docx)

Giovanni a poem (docx)

Jacob a poem (docx)

Kolby a poem (docx)

Landon a poem (docx)

Lily an essay (docx)

Madison an essay (docx)

Maya a poem (docx)

Mikayla a poem (docx)

Nic an essay (docx)

Oliver an essay (docx)

Olivia an essay (pdf)

Reese an essay (docx)

Tia a poem (docx)

Tom a poem (docx)

Zachary a poem (docx)