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Country Newcomer Lizzie Sider Named “HateBraker Hero” (CMA Close Up)

COUNTRY NEWCOMER LIZZIE SIDER NAMED “HATEBRAKER HERO”

CMA / May 14, 2014

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Emerging Country artist Lizzie Sider will be honored as a HateBraker Hero at the second annual HateBraker Heroes Awards on Monday, May 19, at the Hilton Frontenac in St. Louis, Missouri. As the evening’s featured entertainer, Sider will perform “Butterfly,” which she co-wrote about her own experiences of being teased, ridiculed and excluded by other children and how she overcame the pain.

The 15-year-old performer is being honored for her work in helping others to transcend the horrors of being bullied, and for her own moral courage to have become a leader and a role model, in the quest to raise awareness of, and to help stop bullying. In her efforts to promote bullying prevention, Sider has toured schools in California and Florida to present assemblies in which she shares her own personal stories of teasing with students. It is during these assemblies that Lizzie imparts her message that above all else, “Nobody has the power to ruin your day!” Starting April 9, the tour continued into Texas schools. By the end of the 2013-2014 school year, she will have met with nearly 100,000 students.

“Lizzie mustered the courage to rise above bullying and tell her story to the world,” said Susan Balk, Founding Director, HateBrakers. “Whenever a roomful of children hear her sing ‘Butterfly,’ about how she stopped hiding and learned to fly, they understand that they can do it too. She’s a powerhouse of healing, and she’s not even old enough to drive!”

HateBrakers, a division of the non-profit New Conscience, Inc., promotes the leadership and heroism of individuals who aid in “Hitting the Brakes on Hate” to help others recover from violence, bullying, racism, revenge, scapegoating and other aggressive acts. In 2013, Peter Yarrow of the legendary music trio Peter, Paul and Mary was honored as a HateBraker Hero. To learn more about HateBrakers, visit http://www.hatebrakers.org/.

Sider, who splits her time between Boca Raton, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee, will perform at CMA Music Festival on Friday, June 7, at 1 PM on the Chevy Roadhouse Stage.

 

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Texas Leadership Charter Academy Gets a Visit from Emerging Country Artist (NewsWest 9 / Midland)

Texas Leadership Charter Academy Gets a Visit From Emerging Country Artist

Posted: May 13, 2014 3:25 PM CDT
Updated: May 13, 2014 3:29 PM CDT

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MIDLAND – The Texas Leadership Charter Academy got a visit from an emerging country artist on Tuesday morning. Image by Newswest 9 : Midland

Lizzie Sider visited the school as part of her school tour where she speaks to students throughout the State of Texas.

The students got to hear as sider talk about her own struggles with teasing and hear her song “Butterfly” which was written about her experience and how she overcame it.

Sider hopes to be a positive role model and to help prevent future bullying.

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B. Mac Students Unite Against Bullying (Herald Democrat)

Posted May 8, 2014 – 9:13am

B. Mac students unite against bullying

Singer and motivational speaker Lizzie Sider turned the microphone over to several B. McDaniel students during a special anti-bullying program hosted Tuesday for all sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the school gymnasium. - See more at: http://heralddemocrat.com/news/schools/b-mac-students-unite-against-bullying#sthash.kGdv1Efv.dpuf

Singer and motivational speaker Lizzie Sider turned the microphone over to several B. McDaniel students during a special anti-bullying program hosted Tuesday for all sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the school gymnasium.

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More than 1,000 B. McDaniel Middle School students stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the school gym on Tuesday, resolute in their commitment to end bullying at all levels.

Leading the massive rally was a talented young singer and motivational speaker named Lizzie Sider, who was bullied in elementary school but overcame the adversity to become a YouTube sensation for her debut single, “Butterfly.” The lyrics of the song speak to Sider’s triumph over bullying.

Sider engaged B. Mac students at every turn, empowering them to stand up and say no to all kinds of bullying, at school and at home, in neighborhoods and sporting events. When she asked the kids to raise their hands if they had ever been bullied, the response was an overwhelming majority. Several students took the microphone to talk about why kids bully; others offered ways to overcome the hurt and become a proponent for change.

“It was inspiring to see this mass show of solidarity among our students…against something that negatively affects all of us,” said Principal Alvis Dunlap. “Most of us have felt the sting of bullying at some time in our lives. It is gratifying to see that our kids want to work together to prevent future hurts and to help heal past wounds. These kinds of programs teach our kids that it’s good to speak up…to take a stand against things that are wrong and hurtful. If w

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Spreading Her Wings: Teen music star presents anti-bullying message (Royce City Herald Banner)

May 8, 2014 SPREADING HER WINGS: Teen music star presents anti-bullying message By AUSTIN WELLS Herald-Banner Staff Teen country music artist Lizzie Sider had a simple, meaningful message to tell the young students at Davis Elementary School last week, a message once told to her by her father when she was being bullied in elementary […]

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Singer teaches students about effects of bullying (The Brownsville Herald)

Singer teaches students about effects of bullying

Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 9:53 pm
By Victoria Brito The Brownsville Herald

Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald. Country singer Lizzie Sider performs her song “Butterfly,” an inspirational piece about Sider’s triumph over school teasing, Thursday during her Nobody Has The Power to Ruin Your Day anti-bulling campaign tour at Russell Elementary in Brownsville.

Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald. Country singer Lizzie Sider performs her song “Butterfly,” an inspirational piece about Sider’s triumph over school teasing, Thursday during her Nobody Has The Power to Ruin Your Day anti-bulling campaign tour at Russell Elementary in Brownsville.

No one has the power to ruin your day. That is the advice that singer and songwriter Lizzie Sider’s father gave her growing up, and that is the message she shares.

Sider, 15, is on a 250-school bully-prevention assembly tour through California, Florida and Texas. She visited Cromack, Russell and El Jardin Elementary Schools on Friday as
part of the 70-school Texas tour, which began in April.

The Russell Elementary School gymnasium was decorated colorfully with butterflies and inspiring quotes, such as “look at me now,” “no one can keep me down,” “be bully free” and “be kind to one another.”

“Its great to be here,” Sider said in an interview.
She is no stranger to being teased, picked on and bullied. Her song, “Butterfly” depicts the feelings she felt
as a child.

“I was bullied in elementary school, so that was hard to get through, but I came out of it being a much stronger person,” Sider said. “This has been something that I am passionate about. I wanted to do something significant with my time.”

As a result of being bullied, the Florida native resorted to shyness, which she said is unlike her, “bubbly” nature.

“It really affected me while I was in school, of course, because that’s where it was happening” she said. “I was totally normal, and happy, and fun, and outgoing myself, outside of school. It was just in school I felt like I couldn’t be myself. And it really got to me for the longest time, and it started in kindergarten and lasted through about 4th grade.”

When Sider was in 4th grade, her dad gave her a few words of advice that changed her perspective
“One day before I left for school, my dad told me, ‘Nobody has the power to ruin your day,’ and that’s become the theme for this tour,” Sider said.

Although she said the message didn’t “click” with her right away, she said after a while it really helped.

“It was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s me. I’m the one who decides what my day is going to be like.’ That was huge,” Sider said. “I just want to inspire others. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do: help others out and be a role model.”

“My advice is that not only that nobody has the power to ruin your day, but realize that nobody has the power to knock you down, we decide whether or not something hurts us,” she said.

Sider encourages anyone who is being bullied to “be open about it” and “talk to someone.”

“It is so important to open up, to talk to a friend, talk to an adult, because that can really help you out and you always have that support,” Sider said. “Don’t be afraid, you’re not the only one who is going through this.”

Sider gave a motivational speech to the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Russell Elementary. She engaged with the students and walked through the aisle as she shared her story.

“When I was in elementary school, I was teased by the other kids in my grade,” she told the crowd. “They’d exclude me from games at recess, they wouldn’t let me sit with them at lunch, they’d call me names, they’d laugh at me.”

She said as a child her classmates would ask her to sing a song for them.

“I thought, ‘Hey, maybe this time they’re actually being nice to me,’ but when I started to sing for them, they started to laugh at me and run away,” Sider explained. “It was a very hurtful time for me to get through.”

She asked the students to close their eyes, and raise their hand if they have ever been bullied. She then asked them to open their eyes to reveal that most of the students in the gymnasium had a hand up.

“This tells us that almost all of us, at at least one point in our lives, we’ve been treated this way,” she said. “I had to raise my hand. You saw how many other hands of your fellow peers were raised. We know how much that hurts us. We know what it’s like to be on the other side. So, next time we think about teasing someone else or bullying someone else, let’s think twice and remember how that feels. And let’s not cause that same pain to others.”

For more information on Lizzie Sider, visit lizziesider.com.

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Beautiful, unique butterflies made by the students at Pioneer Heritage MS.

“These colors of mine are unique, I’m gonna be who I’m meant to be, Now I see it’s all up to me.”

Beautiful, unique butterflies made by the students at Pioneer Heritage MS.

These colors of mine are unique, I’m gonna be who I’m meant to be, Now I see it’s all up to me.

(Lyrics from Butterfly, by Lizzie Sider, Jamie O’Neal, Jimmy Murphy, Lisa Drew)

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!

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