2022 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. 


Simcha Felder

2022 Submissions


9th Grade

Shaina Rotberg an essay (docx)

Shira Steiner an essay (docx)

10th Grade

Shainah an essay (docx)

11th Grade

Avigayil an essay (docx)

Dassy an essay (docx)

Goldy Shay an essay (docx)

12th Grade

Baila Schwartz an essay (docx)

Chaya Perry an essay (pdf)

Marilyn and Sheldon David IVDU Upper Girls School

9th Grade

Faigy B an essay (pdf)

Hindy E. an essay (docx)

Sarah L. an essay (docx)

Sari B. an essay (docx)

Yael A. an essay (pdf)

Yitty E. an essay (pdf)

11th Grade

Chayala a poem (pdf)

12th Grade

Gitty an essay (pdf)

PS 69 Vincent D Grippo School

4th Grade

Annie Chen a work of art (pdf)

Liyan Ni a work of art (pdf)

Manar Mada a work of art (pdf)

Michelle Weng a work of art (pdf)

5th Grade

Alan Chen an essay (pdf)

Jenny Lin a poem (pdf)

Richard Lin an essay (pdf)