We 🧡 this mentality! Look at each day as a glass half full. Each day has so much to offer. And YOU HAVE THE POWER to make any day a great day!
Arizona was my final school tour for the 2014/15 school year and it was a great success! I enjoyed every minute with my kids – We learned a lot, and had fun while doing it!
Lakeview Elementary School (Phoenix)
Let the countdown begin!
My ARIZONA “Nobody Has The Power to Ruin Your Day” school tour starts TOMORROW!
— the schedule —
Wed, 4/ 22 — 1:00pm — Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies (Mesa)
Thu, 4/23 — 1:00pm — Centerra Mirage Stem Academy (Goodyear)
Fri, 4/24 — 1:00pm — Monte Vista School & Gateway School (Phoenix)
Mon, 4/27 — 1:00pm — Sun Canyon Elementary (Phoenix)
Tue, 4/28 — 11:00am — Desert Shadows Elementary (Scottsdale)
Wed, 4/29 — 1:00pm — Laveen Elementary School (Laveen Village)
Thu, 4/30 — 1:00 pm — Desert Star School (Goodyear)
Fri, 5/1 — 1:00 pm — Lakeview Elementary (Phoenix)
Voice of Reason
by Heather Carney by Jason Nuttle Apr 2015 Also on Digital Edition
Boca Raton’s Lizzie Sider is on the cusp of country stardom. When she’s not in South Florida or Nashville, the 16-year-old singer/songwriter travels throughout the country spreading her anti-bullying message. Here, Sider talks her music, her own experience with bullying and her hometown.
How did you start singing?
Every summer my parents and I go to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. There is a local theater called the Jackson Hole Playhouse. I was 6 years old. I couldn’t even read yet. [My mom] would read the lines to me and I would repeat them back to her. I loved being in front of people. There’s something so special about sharing that human experience. I started playing piano at 6. When I was 9, I sang my very first professional national anthem for The Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
You’ve promoted your anti-bullying message in more than 300 schools nationwide. What was your experience with bullying?
I was teased and bullied when I was younger. That was hard for me. I didn’t understand why I was being treated that way. It just happened. As I’m going to these schools, and as I’m being exposed to more classes and grades, I realize that I just happened to be the kid who was picked on.
Tell us about the school tour.
The theme of the tour is that “nobody has the power to ruin your day.” My dad told me this on my way to school. When I did [learn to brush it off], the kids that were being mean to me, they stopped. I talk about encouragement and loving your dreams. That’s so closely tied to the message of anti-bullying.
How does it connect to your music?
The theme song is “Butterfly.” It has a message of spreading your wings and flying. We follow the life cycle of a butterfly. You start out as a cocoon and shy, and then you eventually blossom and spread your wings.
The message carries a lot of responsibility. How do you handle it?
If you want to go into this field, you have a responsibility to be someone that is looked up to – someone who really assumes that role. I want to spread my goodness around and [share] my vulnerability in my songs. That’s what’s so special to me about music. As an artist, we have a message that we want to convey. Whether it’s a message about the world, or about liking a guy. That’s what I love about music.
When you’re back in South Florida, what do you enjoy doing?
One of my favorite places is Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. [My friends and I] just like doing Florida-y things. If you live by the beach, you don’t take advantage of it as often. We go mini golfing and bowling. We’ve always wanted to go paintballing.
I don’t’ think I would be a happy person if I was not able to perform. It’s such a passion of mine – a love of mine. I’m in it for all the right reasons. There is no plan B. My goal is to impact the world – to be a name and to be somebody who is remembered.
16 year old country music artist, Lizzie Sider, whose newest music is produced by renown Nashville veteran, James Stroud, will be presenting her original and solo Bully Prevention School Tour Assembly in the Greater Phoenix, AZ area, April 22 through May 1, 2015.
In just the past 17 months, Lizzie has visited with more than 120,000 kids at more than 300 elementary and middle schools throughout every corner of California, Texas, Florida, each of the 5 boroughs of New York City, Greater Washington DC and Nashville, TN.
At these assemblies, Lizzie talks with the kids, interactively, sings with them, and builds greater awareness of the bully problem, including helping kids to deal with it and how to stop it. The theme song of the assembly, is Lizzie’s debut radio single, “Butterfly ”, that made the Top 40 on the Music Row Chart, that Lizzie co-wrote about being bullied, herself, in early elementary school.
Lizzie is available for live and phone-in interviews, from April 21 – May 1.
We hope that you will join with Lizzie, by covering her pursuits against bullying, and thereby, expanding on her cause.
And, for your enjoyment to hear Lizzie’s newest song, here is a link to the lyric video to Lizzie’s just released crazy fun, and energetic girl anthem, single, “Like A Girl” – view video.
- April 22, Wed., 1:00pm — Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies
- April 23, Thu., 1:00pm — Centerra Mirage Stem Academy in Goodyear
- April 24, Fri., 1:00pm — Monte Vista School & Gateway School in Phoenix
- April 27, Mon., 1:00pm — Sun Canyon Elem. in Phoenix
- April 28, Tue., 11:00am — Desert Shadows Elem. in Scottsdale
- April 29, Wed., 1:00pm — Laveen Elem. School in Laveen
- April 30, Thu., 1:00 pm — Desert Star School in Goodyear
- May 1, Fri., 1:00 pm — Lakeview Elem. in Phoenix
Yes, you could say we had fun!!
- Harding Academy
- Cason Lane Academy
- Watauga Elementary
- Watt Hardison Elementary
- Hickman Elementary
- Goodlettsville Middle Prep.
More great pics for my Nashville school tour: CLICK HERE
Butterfly lyrics (Lizzie Sider, Jamie O’Neal, Jimmy Murphy, Lisa Drew)
Beautiful handmade butterflies by Chisum Elementary students.
How wonderful is it that we are all unique and beautiful, in our own way!
I am continually and overwhelmingly touched by the beautiful butterflies, posters, banners, bracelets, emails and heartfelt notes that I have received. From the bottom of my heart – thank you so much. The experience of getting to meet every one of you, in a personal way, is something that I will treasure forever!