Loud and Proud!
At the Web site for the National Hollerin' Contest in Spivey's Corner, N.C., you'll get the chance to celebrate the great folk culture from this part of the country. Twist and shout at www.ibiblio.org/hollerin. The holler has been found to exist in Europe, Africa and Asia. Be sure to download the different types of hollers, from the danger holler to the ranching call to the good old-fashioned "howdy neighbor!" Listen up for all the hoots, howls and yells from the contest. Heeee-hawwww!

Endangered Species AlertWhales, bison and jaguars are just a few of the Earth's beautiful creatures that need your attention today. At E-Patrol: Endangered Species Alert, you'll get the lowdown on the world's animals that are threatened by extinction. Safari out to www.epatrol.org to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of these animals. The site takes you across the globe to places like Australia, where youšll enjoy the hiss of the frilled lizard and the cuddly charm of the koala. South of the equator, you'll meet threatened mammals such as the giraffe, the squirrel monkey, the cheetah and the zebra. And closer to home, you'll swim with the alligator and soar with the majestic bald eagle. The site is loaded with sweet graphics and photos. Plus, by taking the E-Patrol pledge, youšll prove to yourself and your friends that you truly can make a difference.

A Cyber-spot For All Teens
Sure, chat is fun, but sometimes you want a site that isn't just a bunch of kids blabbing at other kids about whatever clothes they think are hip. If you're looking for a place to let off some steam, talk about a dream or hatch a helpful scheme, get with these teens. Wiggle a finger at www.teencentral.net and you'll see that TeenCentral is all happening and no hype. It's a free site for teens only-all teens (boys AND girls!), all ages, all real, all private. Experts run the site, so not only can you voice your issues or learn from other teens' stories, you can get access to real *help* that's specific for whatever problems you're dealing with. Having trouble with classes? Getting picked on? Dating woes? Worried about fitting in? (Or maybe you've got advice to help others.) Any little thing is not too little if it's bugging you.

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