Expressions of gratitude

November 20, 2012
A drawing submitted by Brady Crago, a fifth-grader at North Strabane Intermediate

Canonsburg General Hospital held its 15th annual Giving Thanks Essay Contest. Winners received a savings bond and gift certificate and were honored at a banquet. One winner was selected from each elementary and intermediate school in Canon-McMillan, Chartiers-Houston and Peters Township school districts, as well as St.Patrick School in Canonsburg:


We give thanks by helping, saying nice things and caring about other people. We should help people daily, but we should specially lend a hand to people who need extra help. We can give donations to make their life more enjoyable. When we help others, our own life also becomes more meaningful and full of light and happiness. We should also give thanks to people around us. Most of the time if we give thanks to people they will thank us back. When we wholeheartedly thank our mailman or school bus driver, it brightens his day and also fills my heart with joy.

We should thank God because He created us. We should also think about things we are fortunate to have in our daily life. All things happen by the wish of God. We should be thankful even for the small things that happen around us. The food we get, the water we drink, the home we live in, all come at the grace of God. Our thankfulness does not depend on how big is the house, how much money we have, but because God is so loving and because He gives us the judgment and ability to love others. The ancient sages thanked God and prayed for happiness and good health for all living beings.

Rik Bhattacharyya

Third grade – Pleasant Valley Elementary


I am thankful for not being hit by Hurricane Sandy. I’m so thankful for still having power to survive. I’m grateful that none of my family members were harmed and didn’t get hit by the bad winds. Most importantly I am happy that my house isn’t destroyed or gone. None of my family members are harmed either. I am thankful for not being affected by Hurricane Sandy. People in New York City still don’t have power. I feel really bad for people with no power. Also the people’s houses that are gone because of Hurricane Sandy. I hope they get better and have power soon.

Nicole House

Fifth grade – Cecil Intermediate School


There are a few things I’m thankful for in my life. First, I am thankful for my cat because I’ve been with him since he was 2 weeks old. He comes up to me everyday. He let’s me rub him. He turned 2 3 weeks and 4 days ago. I love him a lot. Next, I am thankful for my friends. They are very nice to me if someone is making fun of me or if I am hurt. They eat with me at lunch too. They play with me at recess also. After that, I am thankful for my Meme because she loves me! Next, I am thankful for my Pops he takes me everywhere and he tells me he loves me everyday at least 20 times. I am thankful for everything.

Taylor Jack

Third grade – South Central Elementary


The things I am thankful for:

T-Thanksgiving with my cousins.

H-Having a good mom and dad.

A-A dog named Gus.

N-Nunny and Pappy.

K-Kisses and hugs.

F-Friends and family.

U-Uncle Jason and Aunt Misty.

L-Lots of love.

All these things make me happy.

Maggie Jeffries

First grade – Allison Park Elementary


There are many things to be thankful for. Some things I am thankful for are families, cousins, dogs, friends, food, water and animals. I’m thankful for animals for many reasons. One reason that I’m thankful for animals is there are all different kinds. My favorite kind of animals are snakes. I like that they shed their skin. Another reason I’m thankful for animals is that you can make wool out of sheep. A third reason is that some make good pets. I like pets because petting their fur makes me happy. Also some animals make milk for me to drink and some to eat. The last reason that I’m thankful for animals is that some can be used to do work. I’m especially thankful for animals on Thanksgiving at dinner! There are so many reasons why I love and am thankful for animals.

Elias Lavrich

Third grade – Muse Elementary


I am thankful for everything around me. My family and friends, a nice home, food, my toys, and love. Love is infanant and can never be broken. My friends and I go through tough times, but we always have each others back. My mother and father make not only meals but they make good meals. My home isn’t big, but it’s somewhere to come home to on cold nights. My toys aren’t endless, but I always have something to do. My parents will let me talk to them about anything anytime. My life isn’t perfect but it’s what I’ve got and I’m happy with it.

Lauren Pasquinelli

Fifth grade – North Strabane Intermediate


I am thankful for Dozer my dog. I am thankful for God’s love. I’m thankful for my grandmas and pappys and my mom and dad and brother and sister. I’m thankful for my school and my bus driver Bob.

Kent Peterson

Second grade – Wylandville Elementary

Shea Pitts


I have a wonderful family and we have been very lucky to have had my dad here for every holiday. You see, my dad is in the Air Force, and this will be the first time he is gone for a holiday.

I realize now what other kids must feel like when they don’t have their parents home. I think I never realized how special it is to have my dad home. He is very funny and plays with me all the time. My dad holds me by my ankles and swings me back and forth. Before he left I begged him to do that to me. He and I laugh every time

I’m thankful that my dad protects me, my family, all my friends, even people I don’t know who live in the USA. My dad would want to be home if he could this Thanksgiving, but I know I have to sometimes share him with other people who need help. I’m glad my dad helps them because he is very nice, funny and great in math. I love my dad and am thankful for every holiday I get to spend with him.

This Thanksgiving when my family is sitting at the dinner table and asks me what I am thankful for, I’m going to tell them I am thankful that I have a Superhero for a dad.

Shea Pitts

Fourth grade – First Street Elementary


I am thankful for my little brother. My brother’s name is Sebastian Isaac Shulsky he is five years old. I was about four years old when he was born. It was a warm sunny day I was three and I said, “Mommy I want a baby sister.” Maybe, but I knew it was coming. One year later my Mom said “I’m having a baby!” I asked if it was a boy or a girl, and she said, “it’s a surprise.” I said really? Well, I guess I’ll have to deal with it. Nine months later a baby boy was born and we called him Sebastian Isaac Shulsky. From the first minute I held him, I knew he was the most amazing, spectaculaur, beautiful little boy ever. Its been a hard five years but I got through it. Let’s just say he’s not the most well behaved brother, but I still love him. He is what I am thankful for.

Erigan Shulsky

Fourth grade – St. Patrick School


I am thankful for the many people who supported my family when my grandma was dying of cancer. I am thankful for my dad who checked on her, making sure she was okay while she was at home. I am thankful for friends who asked me and my sister to do things so we didn’t worry to much about her. We’re thankful for the people at the hospice home that took her in one week a month. Also, my Aunt Karen moved to PA to live with my grandma and grandpa. I am also thankful for my mom and dad who helped me think of the good things about her. I am thankful for friends and family who helped our family during that time.

Rachel Skoczlas

Fourth grade – Hills Hendersonville


I am thankful for many things. However, one thing that happened this year topped them all. For 11 years I have been an only child. This year that all changed. Last November I found out that I was going to be a big brother. On January 26, 2012, my mom gave birth to a great little baby boy, Troy. Troy is truly a miracle. My mom had cancer 8 years ago and the doctors told her she would not be able to have any more children. The news of her being pregnant was unbelievable and a miracle. At first I was a little scared but after he was born it all went away. When I first saw him I could not believe my eyes. He was tiny. I gave him his first bottle 20 minutes after he was born. It was such a cool feeling. He held my finger with his little hand. I was second to hold him. It was crazy! Now I’m a big brother. Every day it is so neat to wake-up and see his face and see him have a smile on his face. I never thaought I could love someone so much! I am so lucky for my family... and especially Troy.

Patrick Tolan

Sixth grade – McMurray Elementary


As a seven-year-old, I am thankful for my new piano lessons. My teacher is only sixteen-years-old, but she’s very knowledgeable. She’s the best! I play “Old McDunald and Merrily We Roll Along,” and others. I am very thankful to learn how to play piano and to have such a wonderful, fun teacher.

Elena Tylka

First grade – Bower Hill Elementary

Doron Wudkwych


I am thankful for a lot of things. One of the things I am thankful for is having a great teacher. I don’t think I could want much more. I am also thankful for having a nice fmaily. I am very thankful Thanksgiving is almost here because me and my family can go to our grandmothers’ and grandfathers’ house to have a feast. The most important thing is that I get to spend time with my family. I love everything about Thanksgiving.

Doron Wudkwych

Third grade – Cecil Elementary



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