July 20, 2019

Young Writers Project: What are you most grateful for?

This photo by Laura Cavazos of Essex High School was selected as the photo of the week. (Observer courtesy photo).

This photo by Laura Cavazos of Essex High School was selected as the photo of the week. (Observer courtesy photo).


Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences through the Newspaper Series (and youngwritersproject.org) and the Schools Project (ywpschools.net). This week, students answered the prompt, “What are you most grateful for?”


Baby brother

By Reagan Dufresne 

Grade 6, Williston Central School

I am thankful for my little brother, Jonas. Why? Because he has been through the hardest journey I have ever seen. He was born three months early—not weeks, months!

I had always wanted a little brother, so when I found out he was three months early, I was really sad. But I did not give up on him and my family did not, either. The doctors said he had a 3 percent chance of living. We were all very scared at the time and were worried he was not going to make it.

But every night I would pray for him. He was in the hospital for two months. I was so worried about him. One day, when my step-mother told me I could see him, I could not wait. I saw him through the glass.

About a month later they said he was well enough to come home! I was so happy I would have a little brother! The first time I held him I just could not stop thinking about how strong he is! It is amazing! I am so thankful he is here with us today! Jonas is 1 now.


Fun family

By Taylor Detch 

Grade 5, Williston Central School

I am most grateful for my family because I love them. I love my family because we do fun things together. They are my whole life! I am also grateful for my friends. Without my friends, I don’t know where I’d be now.


My mom

By Mykala O’Farrell

Grade 6, Williston Central School

I have many things that I am thankful for. I am thankful for my house, for food and many more things. But if I could pick one thing that I am most thankful for, it would be my mom.

I am thankful for my mom for so many reasons. She puts a smile on my face all the time. My mom makes me laugh so much that I can’t stop laughing. I am also thankful for her because she helps me with many things. She helps me with my homework and other things, too. She also teaches me right from wrong. I honestly do not know where I would be without my mom. My mom makes me see the good in everything even when sometimes it is hard to.

My mom is kind, generous, loving, funny and much more. I am also thankful for my mom because she has taught me to give 110 percent, no matter what.



By Ethan Knudsen 

Grade 6, Williston Central School

I’m grateful for my cat, Dexter. He is the best cat. He is a Himalayan breed.

Dexter is really fluffy—that is why I love him. Dexter and I have been though a lot… Dexter was 8 weeks old when we got him.

My parents

By Callahan Freeman 

Grade 6, Williston Central School

I am thankful for a lot of things, but I’m mostly grateful for my parents. My parents have given me a great life—a great house, food, water, heat, everything. I wouldn’t be so great without them…


Giving thanks

By Cassidy Frost 

Grade 6, Williston Central School

I am most thankful for my family. I love my family very much because they do a lot for me. I am very happy that I have a very nice family. In January, there was a new member to my family. We got a dog! We got a little yellow lab puppy. We named her Stella. She is a great addition to our family.

So this Thanksgiving, I will be thinking of the family and friends that have helped me become a better person. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

YWP is supported by this newspaper and foundations, businesses and individuals who recognize the power and value of writing. If you would like to donate to YWP, please go to youngwritersproject.org/support. 

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