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  • HALO Award Winner Darrius Snow wants your help.

    Posted on 06/06/2010 by Mary

    I know that end-of-the-year locker and desk clean-out time can tend to be more of a euphoric, GET THIS CRAP INTO A TRASH CAN AND OUT OF MY LIFE, STAT type situation. But!

    Here's something awesome you could do.

    If you take a clean cardboard box and go around asking people if they have any clean, un-used school supplies that they were going to just throw out, you could make a difference for someone who needs it (and keep people from throwing perfectly good trees and such into the trash -- or even the recycling bin).

    HALO Award winner Darrius Snow told us that the TEAM Foundation Back2School project hopes to "provide school supplies to returning elementary, middle and high school students who can't afford to buy those things." They're reaching out to schools in Georgia and South Carolina, but they'd also "appreciate whatever donation the public can give to help these kids go back to school. The students [who receive your items] will be motivated if they discover the public is interested in their education."

    You can mail clean, unused school supplies to:

    906 Plainville Dr.
    Atlanta, GA 30331.

    Or, if you want to collect money instead, you can write checks out to "Essential 2 Life/TeamFoundation" and mail them to the same address.

    "Thank you so much for the kind gesture," says Darrius. Thank YOU so much, Darrius.

  • Happy Earth Day from HALO Award Winner Megan Kilroy!

    Posted on 04/22/2010 by Megan Kilroy

    Hey everyone, Happy Earth Day! Today is actually the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, which just makes me wonder: what will our oceans look like 40 years from today?

    Right now, every single ocean on the planet is becoming a plastic soup. In fact, in 2008, The Algalita Marine Research Foundation found six times as much plastic in the ocean as zooplankton. Let's talk about what that means:

    Every ocean on the planet is becoming a plastic soup. Why is plastic in the ocean a problem?

    • Sea birds such as the albatross often mistake plastic for food and regurgitate the plastic into their baby chicks mouths. As a result these birds die of starvation because, while they think they are full, their stomachs are simply full of plastic.
    • Other animals such as fur seals often get entangled in floating plastic. The plastic does not break and eventually severs the seals arteries or strangles it.
    • Plastic is not biodegradable. The pieces get smaller when they're in the ocean, but they don't go away.
    How does plastic get into the ocean?
    • Most of the plastic that ends up on the street eventually makes its way to the beach. The majority of municipal storm drain systems are unfiltered and lead into the ocean -- even if you don't live near the ocean.
    • Manufacturers of plastic are not always responsible in the ways that they handle and/or dispose of their products. The nurdeles (the small pellets that are used to produce plastic) are often dropped carelessly in transport and end up in the marine environment.
    What can you do?
    • Instead of getting a plastic bag when you go to the store, bring a reusable bag.
    • Save money and plastic by filling up a reusable canteen instead of buying water bottles.
    • When you get a drink, don't use a straw unless you absolutely need one.
    • If you do use single-use plastic, always remember to recycle it and make sure it never ends up in the street.

    Thanks and have a great Earth Day, everyone!
    - Megan Kilroy

    Megan Kilroy is a 2009 TeenNick HALO Award winner. See what she's been up to since then, nominate someone for a HALO, or find a great organization to volunteer with yourself on our HALO Awards site. - TeenNick

  • Happy Almost-Earth Day!

    Posted on 04/19/2010 by The-Earth

    Hey guys, remember me? It's the Earth! Want to help me celebrate another Earth Day on Thursday? I really hope you do because I could definitely use the help.

    Speaking of help, have you guys seen how busy Megan Kilroy has been since she won a TeenNick HALO Award for all her work on my behalf last year? That girl is going to the next level -- now she's educating the next generation about keeping my oceans from becoming "plastic soup." And she's helping to build a solar-powered plug-in VW Beetle, too! I'm so, so lucky to count Megan as one of my friends.

    I looked up some of the Earth Day resolutions you guys made last year... I know it's probably too much to hope for a couple billion Megan Kilroys walking around on me, but a couple billion tangledxups, xxViixens, and DianaxGs seems within reach!

    "My resolution is to stop buying about 2 plastic water bottles a day at school and get a reusable one that I can fill up at drinking fountains when I'm thirsty. Because it's costing me/my mom way more money than necessary and even though I recycle the empty bottles, spending 5 dollars on a good, recycled materials, reusable one is way smarter. " - tangledxup

    "i will start riding my bike to the store, to see friends, and sometimes to work. I know i can do it." - xxViixen

    "I'll turn the tv off if I'm not using it, and turn my light off when i leave the room." - DianaxG

    Thanks for all your help, guys. It means the world to me. :)

    Love,
    The Earth

  • Want to nominate someone for a HALO?

    Posted on 03/26/2010 by Chairman Nick Cannon

    Chairman Nick Did you think the HALO Awards were done and over? Heck naw, that was just the beginning!

    Check out the "HALO effect" 2009 HALO Award Winner Darrius has set off in South Carolina, where he's runnin' it in college and spreading hope and encouragement at a local middle school.

    And hey, while I got you here... do you know anyone with a heart as big as Darrius'? Don't be shy, nominate them for a HALO Award!