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. 


Pamela Helming

2021 Submissions

Tyburn Academy Of Mary Immaculate

7th Grade

Abigail Ford an essay (pdf)

Erin Connors an essay (pdf)

Ian Wolczyk an essay (pdf)

Jonathan Young an essay (pdf)

Madaline Leszczynski an essay (pdf)

Niko McKela an essay (pdf)

Paul Nolan an essay (pdf)

8th Grade

Flanigan Bennett an essay (pdf)

Giuseppe Labaro an essay (pdf)

Jack Nolan an essay (pdf)

McKinley Bennett an essay (pdf)

McKinley Bennett an essay (pdf)

Phoebe Alford an essay (pdf)