Special Initiatives

Thank You Note Project

Saying “Thank You” only takes a moment, but it’s one of the most important interactions in our society. For both the thanker and the thanked, the act of expressing gratitude fulfills a psychological need to share and feel appreciation.

The Thank You Note Project encourages people to write and share their Thank You Notes with the person they want to express gratitude to as well as the world. Starting with Santa, we introduced children to the social etiquette of saying “Thank You.” Now the site has expanded to allow you to give thanks to anyone!

It’s a place for kids and kids at heart to share their thanks. As the year progresses, we will send email reminders to ask for continued participation to say “Thank You” to friends, mothers, fathers, peers and more.

Write a thank you note now!

Please visit thankyounoteproject.com.
You can also follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ThankYouNote

Expressions of Gratitude Arts Competition

The Expressions of Gratitude Arts Competition is on a hiatus while attention is focused on the rejuvenation and renovation of Thanks-Giving Square.  Plans for the re-launch of this program will be announced in the future. 

In the fall of 2014 more than 600 students from kindergarten through 12th grade submitted their entries for the 10th annual Expressions of Gratitude Arts Competition. In January 2015 the students received awards during a ceremony hosted by the Nasher Sculpture Center. The winners were chosen based on how poignantly they expressed their gratitude for the Golden Rule through art, essay and dance. Judges from major museums, publications, educational institutions, the public library, dance companies, and individual artists made the selections. Students were awarded cash prizes for themselves and for their teachers or schools to purchase classroom supplies. Winning entries were exhibited at Thanks-Giving Square during the spring and winter holiday season and later traveled to other venues. 

Click Here to see the 2014 Winners