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HALO Awards (2016) (SPECIAL)

HALO Awards (2016) (SPECIAL)

Spring 2017 Television
Ages: 6 - 11 yrs.
Producer: Nickelodeon
Rating: TV G

Another awards show? Do we really need that? In a word: Yes.

Nickelodeon loves to churn out big event shows. Its Kids' Choice franchise is a success, and now the cable channel seems to be finding the same reception for its HALO awards.

As with all Nick award concert shows, there's a lot of yelling and cheering from the packed kid-filled audience, but this time it's not just for the stars who show up to perform, it's about recognizing teens who are working hard to help others.

Created by celebrity Nick Cannon, the HALO Award stands for "Helping And Leading Others," and the honorees this past year including Jonas Corona, 13, who works with homeless kids in Los Angeles; Grace Callwood, 12, who works with sick and foster children; Chris Suggs, 16, who helps teen in his community; and Lillian Pravda, 16, whose goal is to help children get eyewear and eye surgery around the world.

All impressive. All worthy of kudos. Cannon presents each of the honorees with a check for $10,000 in scholarship money for their efforts. "You guys are changing the world! And everyone at home can, too!" Cannon yells at the cheering crowd.

If pulling kids in to the show with flashy celebs and lots of yelling helps inspire them to take action in their own communities, it's a worthwhile and valuable effort.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, began her career at The Washington Post and went on to spend more than two decades with USA Today, where she covered pop culture topics. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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