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Country singer Lizzie Sider promotes positive message during National Bullying Prevention Month
By Esme Mazzeo on Sunday, October 12, 2014
“A lot of the time, I would be excluded from games at recess, and so what I would do is I’d walk around and I’d sing to myself, because I loved to sing. And, there was a group of girls. . . . They would come up and ask me to sing a song for them,” ’ 16-year old Floridian country singer Lizzie Sider said, recalling experiences she had being bullied in elementary school. “I’d think, ‘Maybe this time they actually mean it, maybe they really do want to hear me.’ So, I’d start singing for them. And then, they’d laugh at me, call me names, and they’d run away.”
Those memories impacted her so deeply, she decided to use her platform to spread positivity through the “Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day” bully prevention assembly tour. Sider has already taken the tour to three states and visited 205 schools. As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, Sider is urrently taking the tour to at least one school in each of New York City’s five boroughs.
The singer performs at assemblies primarily for children in grades three to five. “It’s very important to have a really strong connection with the kids, and really whoever [I’m] talking to,” she said, explaining why she enjoys taking the tour directly into school auditoriums.
In the 40 minute program, she discusses why bullying is unacceptable. Sider also focuses on teaching kids how to overcome being bullied, or change their ways if they have been a bully to others. She interacts with the audience, asking them to come up with reasons why people bully, and hands out wristbands to remind everyone of the message of the tour, which is that, “Nobody has the power to ruin your day.”
At one point, Sider has the children close their eyes and raise their hand if they’ve ever been bullied. After a minute, everyone opens their eyes and looks around at all the hands up. “That let’s everyone know that [others have] been through the same thing. That’s very eye opening and I think that can do a lot for a person, just [having] that realization,” said Sider.
To end the program, Sider sings her hit song, “Butterfly.” She wrote the song in 2011 with a team of writers, including singer Jamie O’Neal, in O’Neal’s living room. Sider told her story of being bullied in school. Through the story, the writers realized that the experience of overcoming bullying is similar to the lifecycle of a butterfly. Sider compared being bullied to being in a cocoon. Victims often feel alone, and restricted, afraid to show themselves. But once they move past the negativity, they are free to be who they are. “The message behind it is that we all need to spread our wings and fly as high as we can.”
That message touches kids in ways Sider never thought possible. One little girl gave Sider her rhinestone bracelet after a show in California. Sider later learned that the girl was a foster child, and the bracelet represented one of her foster mothers passing on love and hope. “The principal said that [the girl] wanted to give this bracelet to me now, because I gave her hope again.”
Sider is excited to bring her message of perseverance to New York City. Though a tour like this can be tiring at times, she is energized by seeing the smiles she brings to kids’ faces, and the genuine connections she makes with people every day. “My whole goal is to do good things. Singing, and inspiring people, and just being a role model. . . is my dream. It’s been amazing.”
“Butterfly” In Studio Music Video: http://youtu.be/KJuu1hKo-u8
Sider ends her stay in New York on Oct. 15 with a performance at The Bitter End. Her EP is scheduled for release in early 2015.
October Young Leader Spotlight goes to: Lizzie Sider
This past school year, Lizzie Sider, an up and coming 16 year old country pop artist and a role model for kids, who was bullied in early elementary school. has been on a 250 school, one person show, anti bully tour and visited with over 100,000 elementary and middle school students throughout every corner of California, Texas and Florida. Lizzie continues her tour this year with her first stop in NYC in October for National Bully Prevention Month. Lizzie also has created an NPO “Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day”. After NYC, Lizzie moves on the Washington, DC. Holiday break and then back on the road in February.
Lizzie has performed all over the country, been on TV and radio many times, and performed over 25 National Anthems at Major League sporting events. Her signature single, “Butterfly,” and her second single release and music video, “I Love You That Much,” charted in the Top 40 on Nashville’s Music Row Chart. Lizzie is passionate about speaking out against bullying, being a positive role model for kids, and making a difference. She is proud to be a spokesperson for organizations such as PACER Teens Against Bullying and GWEN (Global Women’s Empowerment Network). Lizzie won a 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Award for “Butterfly,” which she performed live, at the HMMA awards dinner in Hollywood, CA. Lizzie recently received the Peter Yarrow Hatebraker Hero Award, for her leadership role in bully prevention. Lizzie has appeared and performed on the Queen Latifah and Home & Family TV shows. She was named “Who to Watch in 2013” by the Country Music Association, and for the second straight year, has been awarded her own booth at the annual CMA Fest in Nashville for June 2014, where she also performed live on the Chevy Roadhouse CMA stage, and at the famed, Bluebird Café.
Lizzie Sider – Butterfly (Official In-Studio Music Video): http://youtu.be/KJuu1hKo-u8
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Sixteen-year-old Country artist Lizzie Sider will bring her “Nobody
Has the Power to Ruin Your Day” Bully Prevention Assembly Tour to New York City from October 6-15.
The tour, which has already hit California, Florida and Texas, will coincide with the month’s National Bully Prevention activities and include visits with at least one school in each of New York City’s five boroughs. Sider has already met with more than 250 schools, connecting with more than 100,000 students.
During the assemblies, Sider encourages kids to help prevent bullying, as she recounts her own personal journey as a young student who was ridiculed and teased. She will also perform her original song “Butterfly,” which she co-wrote about her experience and how she overcame the teasing.
Check LizzieSider.com for a list of Sider’s seven assembly appearances throughout New York City.
Lead photo: Lizzie Sider takes her anti-bullying message to Claymont Elementary School in St. Louis. Photo credit: the Sider Family
Lizzie Sider stands up to bullying in her “Butterfly” video: http://youtu.be/KJuu1hKo-u8
By Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
UPLAND>> When Lizzie Sider was in elementary school, her classmates would tease her, call her names and exclude her from playing with them.
Now, at only 15 years old, she is devoting her life to help kids who are victims of bullying and letting them know “no one has the power to ruin your day” – an inspiring message passed down to her from her father after a rough day at school.
Sider, a country singer from south Florida, is in the midst of a two-month bullying prevention tour of California schools, visiting 80 schools to perform and talk to students about bullying.
Sider performed at six of Upland’s elementary schools Thursday and Friday, performing her song “Butterfly,” which she co-wrote about her experiences being bullied.
“My experience with bullying when I was in elementary school is what inspired me to want to help others,” said Sider, who is spending her sophomore year in high school being home-schooled so she can tour.
First- through sixth-graders at Cabrillo Elementary School on Friday, her last performance, filled the multi-purpose room not only physically, but with their shouts of joy at having Sider there to perform for them.
Sider, who has become a spokeswoman for Pacer Center’s Teens Against Bullying, talked with the students about being bullied, why bullies bully and how to not let their hurtful words bring them down.
The students sang along and participated in the discussion about bullying, bringing tears to the eyes of school district officials.
Second-grader Joseph Gaytan walked up on stage after her performance and handed Sider a pink rose as a thank-you for her visit. Another student gave her a necklace that read “Fear not. Without change there would be no butterflies.”
“I think it’s admirable she is taking the time out of her personal life to deliver her message and share her personal story,” said Alison Benson, principal at Cabrillo.
Teachers at Cabrillo teach the students about good character traits and encourage them to treat others the way they want to be treated.
For more information about Sider’s music and activism against bullying visit her website at lizziesider.com
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WHITTIER >> Country singer Lizzie Sider brought her anti-bullying campaign, “No One Has The Power To Ruin Your Day,” to Ocean View Elementary School Monday.
She not only sang songs — a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Mean” and her own “Butterfly — but talked to fourth- and fifth-graders about bullying.
“I was called names, and laughed at,” she told the students, who are not much older than herself at 15 years of age.
“I used to sing quietly to myself on the playground,” Sider said, “when I was your age, as a way to cope.”
She called it a very hurtful time.
Eventually, Snider, who was named this year by the Country Music Association as one of the new artists to watch, overcame the bullying.
“One day, I thought, ‘No one has the power to ruin my day,’” she said.
At one point during the assembly, Sider directed the students to close their eyes and asked them to raise their hands if they were ever bullied.
With nearly every hand raised, including teacher’s, she asked everyone to open their eyes and look around to see who had been bullied.
A low-volume, “Whoa,” was the verbal response from the students as they surveyed the room.
After listing NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, mega singing star Taylor Swift, and the late co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, as those who once endured bullying, Sider asked the students, “Why do people bully?”
They answered that bullies may have been bullied themselves, or they thought it was fun to bully.
Sider encouraged them to look out for one another as they would do in the case of a younger sibling.
She closed out the program singing Swift’s “Mean,” accompanied by teachers and students on tambourines, maracas and other instruments, as well as a solo turn on her own “Butterfly” as the audience sang along.
The Ocean View stop was one of 80 campus visits statewide.
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By Joe Malmuth, Photo by D. Sider
Recently named one of the Country Music Association (CMA’s) 2013 New Artists to Watch, 15-year-old Lizzie Sider has accomplished a lot, including: garnering the attention of some big names in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles.
Lizzie, a Florida native who lives in Boca Raton, recently performed her song “Butterfly,” on the nationally-syndicated Queen Latifah Show.
Lizzie will perform at 80 schools throughout California during her campaign to bring awareness to the anti-bullying movement.
Lizzie’s song “Butterfly,” was written about her own experiences being bullied and how she overcame the teasing and learned a life lesson within the words of her father.
“My goal is to spread a good message and hopefully inspire these kids. I always wanted to inspire and help people. It’s something I have always been passionate about,” she said.
A victim of bullying at a young age, Lizzie shared the idea of hitting the road to promote an anti-bullying agenda with her parents, and after reaching out to California schools, the 80-stop tour was born.
“Every time after these assemblies, the kids come up to me afterwards and I get to talk to them and really make friends. I can’t describe the feeling I get when these kids tell me that I have inspired them. It really makes my heart smile.”
Lizzie performs to an average crowd of about 500 children — ranging in age from kindergarten through 8th grade.
“Butterfly,” which she co-wrote with Jamie O’Neal about her experiences being bullied in school, recently ranked in the Top 40 in the Music Row Charts in Nashville.
“My dad told me, ‘Nobody has the power to ruin your day,’” which is the theme of the tour.
“Butterfly has become my anthem and I want it to inspire others and for it to give them courage to spread the message that nobody has the power to ruin your day.”
The 80 School Bully Prevention Assembly Tour in California is Lizzie’s idea and is endorsed by Pacer.org, the United States National Bully Prevention Organization.
Lizzie is working on a new album for release sometime in 2014 and recently participated in her first CMA Fest with her own booth and a LIVE performance at the famed country music venue, The Wildhorse.
She will be touring Florida schools in January and February 2014.
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NEWCASTLE — Country artist Lizzie Sider is no stranger to bullying, which is why she decided to team up with PACER National Bullying Prevention Center for a state-wide school tour aimed at promoting bullying prevention.
On Wednesday morning the Florida native arrived at Newcastle Elementary School to lead one of 80 assemblies that she is scheduled to perform at during her tour across California.
After groups of fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders had filled the auditorium, 15-year-old Sider described her own experience with bullying and explained the inspiration behind her slogan: “No one has the power to ruin your day.”
“When I was in elementary school I was teased by other kids your age,” Sider said. “It was a hard time for me to get through and I came home crying every day. One day before I left for school my dad said, ‘No one has the power to ruin your day.’ It means that we decide whether or not someone’s words or actions make us feel down at the end of the day.”
Sider asked members of the audience to close their eyes and raise their hands if they had ever been bullied. She then asked them to open their eyes and look around the room. Students were shocked to find that almost all of their peers had been bullied at some point in their lives.
She also described several famous people, such as Steve Jobs and Selena Gomez, and asked students to think about what they all had in common. Seventh-grader Abbie Voges guessed that they had all been bullied, and Sider went on to explain that it is up to students to look out for one another and speak up if someone is being hurt or teased.
The assembly ended with Sider singing “Butterfly,” a song dedicated to bullying prevention.
Newcastle Elementary Principal Kris Knutson was grateful that he was able to have Sider visit the school.
“One of the things that really concerns me is how people’s self-esteem can be cut right out from under them by poor remarks,” Knutson said. “What she did for them (the students) today was give them power. I was bullied too … it inspired me to become a principal because I wanted to make sure that never happened to any children or adults in my school.”
Sider’s publicist, Kimberly Christman of Rogers & Cowan, is excited to watch the young artist grow and share her experiences to educate others.
“Lizzie is a lot of fun,” Christman said. “She pulls from her life experience, which is evident in songs like ‘Butterfly.’ She is a great role model for young people to be inspired by. She is positive and it’s great that she is able to share her story about being bullied. That makes her stand out and helps drive her message home.”
Lizzy Sider visits Leggett Valley School to talk about bullying Redwood Times Posted: 10/22/2013 12:14:26 PM PDT Click photo to enlarge Bullying has gained a lot of media attention lately since the suicide of Phoebe Prince in 2010. Bullying can be defined as an activity of repeated aggressive behavior intended to harm someone […]Continue reading