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. 


Shelley B. Mayer

2019 Submissions

Bruno M Ponterio Ridge Street School

1st Grade

Aarya Ghosh an essay (pdf)

2nd Grade

Peter Ayala a poem (pdf)

3rd Grade

Molly Rodriguez an essay (docx)

4th Grade

Danielle Elkowitz a poem (jpeg)

5th Grade

Madison Hamlet an essay (pdf)

Marissa Hamlet an essay (pdf)

Michelle Hamlet an essay (pdf)

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6th Grade

Merckx Martinez Davila a poem (pdf)