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. 


Timothy M. Kennedy

2019 Submissions

Martin Road Elementary School

5th Grade

Aiden Friend an essay (pdf)

Aiden Reignier an essay (pdf)

Anna Falker an essay (pdf)

April Bondon an essay (pdf)

Ava Walden an essay (pdf)

Cody Maeweathers an essay (pdf)

David Snyder an essay (pdf)

Emma Porter an essay (pdf)

Ena Salgado an essay (pdf)

Fabiola Santiago-Romero an essay (pdf)

Hasan Hasan an essay (pdf)

Jalece Colella an essay (pdf)

Jason Shamblen an essay (pdf)

Jayne Howard an essay (pdf)

Katelynn Delahunt an essay (pdf)

Kobey Underwood a work of art (pdf)

Madison J Roberts an essay (pdf)

Madisyn Riley Roberts an essay (pdf)

Marius Toliver an essay (pdf)

Melody Bailey an essay (pdf)

Ty'Janae Keith an essay (pdf)

Zahid Abdo an essay (pdf)