2020 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. 


Rich Funke

2020 Submissions

Barker Road Middle School

6th Grade

Cheyann Walker a work of art (jpg)

Bay Knoll Sda School


Faithie Htoo a work of art (jpeg)

1st Grade

Ava Bliss an essay (jpeg)

2nd Grade

Garthaniel Augustus a work of art (jpeg)

Josiah Hopkins a work of art (jpeg)

Madison Holmes a work of art (jpeg)

Micah Mondestin an essay (jpeg)

3rd Grade

Governor a work of art (jpg)

Governor Lofty a work of art (jpg)

Hannah Htoo a work of art (jpg)

Joanna Watts a work of art (jpg)

Monica Acevedo a poem (jpg)

Tamia Bliss a poem (jpg)

TJ a poem (jpg)

Tyrone Hendrix a poem (jpg)

East Irondequoit Middle School

6th Grade

Akasha a work of art (png)

Brimari a work of art (png)

Eliza Alderman a work of art (png)

Robert a work of art (png)

Robert a poem (png)

Sam Compitello an essay (docx)

Wayne a work of art (png)

Winnie Jiang a work of art (jpg)

Honeoye Elementary School

3rd Grade

Alexis a work of art (jpeg)

Manor Intermediate School

3rd Grade

Violet Loewenguth a work of art (jpg)

5th Grade

Allie Hawks an essay (docx)

Martha Brown Middle School

6th Grade

jessa kelly an essay (docx)

Rogers Middle School

4th Grade

Molly Benton an essay (pdf)

Thornell Road School

3rd Grade

Jacob Pacos an essay (jpg)

Jessica Pacos a poem (jpeg)

Trinity Montessori School

4th Grade

Heba E. a poem (pdf)

Lulu C. a work of art (pdf)

6th Grade

Masato a work of art (pdf)