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HNGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Country Singer Lizzie Sider Delivers Hope & Anti-Bullying Message to 100,000 School Kids (

HNGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Country Singer Lizzie Sider Delivers Hope & Anti-Bullying Message to 100,000 School Kids

By Larry Holden | Nov 13, 2014 03:16 PM EST

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Country music newcomer Lizzie Sider is on a mission.

The 16-year-old singer/songwriter – who was bullied and teased relentlessly when she was younger – is carrying her powerful, anti-bullying message of hope and empowerment to school kids all across America.

She’s using a song she wrote, “Butterfly,” as part of an interactive assembly program to reach elementary and middle school students. In just one school year, she appeared at 250 schools and touched the lives of more than 100,000 children.

… HNGN caught up with the teenage singer and active anti-bullying ambassador for an exclusive interview as she waited to board a plane in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She candidly talked about the bullying she endured, how that experience changed her life in unexpected ways, what she does in her highly-successful assembly program and how she used her negative experiences to write her uplifting song “Butterfly.”



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Singer Brings Anti-Bullying Program to Germantown (GermantownPulse)

Singer Brings Anti-Bullying Program to Germantown
November 13, 2014

By Kevin O’Rourke

Lizzie Sider, a 16-year-old singer and YouTube sensation from South Florida, SiderSinging

has been touring around the country performing a bullying prevention program for elementary and middle schools and on Thursday, Nov. 13 she appeared at Germantown Elementary.

Sider’s breakout hit, “Butterfly” has over 1 million views on was written in response to her personal experience of being bullied in elementary school.

Germantown Elementary Principal Amy Bryant arranged for Sider, who performs for free, to perform fourth and fifth graders at Germantown Elementary and invited fifth graders from neighboring Capt. James Daly, Fox Chapel, and Christa McAuliffe elementary schools.

During the performance, Sider shared her bullying story with the students, discussed some of the reasons why some students might be bullies. The heavy message of the program was lightened when she asked teachers from all the schools and students to join her “band.” The volunteers were given instruments, maracas, tambourines, and shakers as she sang and danced her way around the Germantown school gym.

SiderSinging1One of the special parts of Sider’s presentation is the fact that she individually greeted each of the students as they left the assembly, chatting and posing for photos.

Sider, who has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Fox News, and the Queen Latifah Show, and whose second single “I Love You Too Much” has charted in the Top 40 on Nashville’s Music Row Chart, will perform in Clarksburg at Rocky Hill Middle School on Tuesday, Nov. 18 as well as elementary schools in Rockville and Gaithersburg.

Photos by Germantown Pulse.

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Touring anti-bullying assembly comes to Germantown (Gazette.Net)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Touring anti-bullying assembly comes to Germantown
Musician Lizzie Sider will visit multiple schools in the county

By Samantha Schmieder Staff Writer

Although she is just 16, Lizzie Sider has been touring the country for the past year reaching out to elementary school children about the negative effects of bullying by spreading her inspiring music and words.

Sider has recorded in Nashville and written with accomplished artists and writers as well as opened for country artists such as Jamie O’Neal, Aaron Tippin and Gloriana.

On Thursday, Sider will hold an assembly at Germantown Elementary School for its fifth grade students as well as for students who will come over from nearby Fox Chapel, Daly and McAuliffe elementary schools.

Germantown Elementary School principal Amy Bryant explained that she was happy to host other schools for the assembly and knew having Sider at the school would be beneficial to all.

“It was definitely something I was interested in, I think every school has a plan to combat bullying,” Bryant said.

Germantown Elementary School’s plan includes school guidance counselors speaking to students about bullying as well as working with the PTA to have an anti-bullying program. Bryant said that the school has identified peacemakers who make sure no one is bullying during recess and has the students recite a pledge about taking a stand against bullying.

“Fifth grade is the perfect age for this event because they are the role models in the school and as they transition to middle school we want them to represent us well,” Bryant said.

Sider will be performing at Germantown Elementary School as well as Sligo Creek Elementary School, Rocky Hills Middle School, Wheaton Woods Elementary School and Rachel Carson Elementary School over the next ten days. At her assembly she will perform songs, including “Butterfly,” a song about her experience getting bullied, and will ask students about their experiences and tell them about her own.

“I was bullied in elementary school, there was a lot of teasing and ridicule going on and it was hard for me,” Sider said.

One day as she was leaving for school, Sider said that her father told her that “no one has the power to ruin your day,” and that stuck with her.

“It was really up to me if anything was going to get me down. That was a life lesson I learned at a very young age,” Sider said.

Sider used her father’s advice as the theme for her assemblies this year and will be giving out wristbands with that saying printed on them to all the children that attend.

“She has that youth on her side where the kids can really relate to her,” Bryant said.

Sider said that sometimes kids are so far attached from adults that they don’t think adults were ever even kids themselves and that’s why she, as a 16-year-old, is able to convey her message so successfully.

“I think that our teachers can speak from their heart and do all they can and have the best intentions, but sometimes what it takes is someone who is young and who has been there only a few years ago who can say, ‘Hey, I went through this and you can, too,’” Sider said.

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Lizzie Sider Delivers Anti-Bullying Message to School Kids (HNGN Headlines & Global News)

Lizzie Sider Delivers Anti-Bullying Message To School Kids

By Larry Holden | Nov 09, 2014 10:41 AM EST

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It’s purely coincidental in relation to Tuesday’s (Nov. 4) mid-term elections, but country music newcomer Lizzie Sider is headed to Washington, D.C. Her goal is to prevent bullying by sharing her own real-life experiences of being bullied.

The 16-year-old singer has already connected with more than 100,000 students in more than 250 schools in California, Florida, Texas and New York through her Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day Bully Prevention Assembly Tour. Now she’s bring her message to the Washington, D.C. area Nov. 12 – Nov. 21.

During the assemblies, Sider encourages kids to help prevent bullying. To underscore her message, she recounts her own personal journey as a young student who was ridiculed and teased – and she explains how she overcame the teasing. She also performs her original song “Butterfly,” which she co-wrote about her bullying experience. She says her primary mission is to help kids as a positive role model, having risen above her own ridicule, to pursue a career in music.

Sider has upcoming appearances on “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Better Show.” She has already been featured on “Access Hollywood,” “Billboard,” “Hallmark’s Home & Family,” “TIME for Kids,” “Nashville’s Crook & Chase” and “Emotional Mojo.” And in 2013 the Country Music Association named her an Artist to Watch.

The young singer is currently working on an EP of new material for release in early 2015. The EP will be produced by ACM award-winner James Stroud, who has generated more than 130 career No. 1 hit singles.

The “Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day” tour in Washington, D.C. has these scheduled appearances, with more to be added:

11/12 Reston, Va. Aldrin Elementary

11/13 Germantown, Md. Germantown Elementary

11/14 Silver Springs, Md. Sligo Creek Elementary School

11/17 Centreville, Va. Cub Run Elementary School

11/18 Clarksburg, Md. Rocky Hill Middle School

11/19 Falls Church, Va. Haycock Elementary School

11/20 Rockville, Md. Wheaton Woods Elementary School

11/21 Gaitersburg, Md. Rachel Carson Elementary School

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In this interview, country music singer, Lizzie Sider her music, what life was like being bullied and how she now is helping others who face this issue. The Florida native is traveling to schools all over the country promoting her “No One Has the Power to Ruin Your Day” Anti-Bullying Campaign. Lizzie performs her song, ‘Butterfly,’ which she co-wrote as a way to cope with her own pain from dealing with bullies. Sider, whose performing credits include opening for Gloriana, Jamie O’Neal and Aaron Tippin, has also been sharing her powerful message on national TV. She has appeared on The Queen Latifah Show, Access Hollywood, and Hallmark’s ‘Home & Family’.


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