SPREADING WINGS Kelly Elementary kids learn to express themselves without fear of being judged. By Frances Moody – Jackson Hole News & Guide – March 2, 2016 Kelly Elementary School students shed their metaphorical cocoons Thursday as they danced to a song performed by Lizzie Sider. Parading around the school’s gym, the kids, who were also […]Continue reading
Lizzie Sider Brings Anti-Bullying Tour to Haycock ES
NOVEMBER 14, 2014 9:30 AM
Lizzie Sider, a 16-year-old country singer, is bringing her Nobody Has The Power to Ruin Your Day tour to Haycock Elementary School next Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 10:20 a.m.
During the assembly, Sider will encourage Haycock students to help prevent bullying as she recounts her own personal journey as a young student was ridiculed and teased. She’ll also perform her original song “Butterfly,” which Lizzie co-wrote about her experiences overcoming teasing.
As part of a tour of the metropolitan region, Sider will also speak and perform at elementary schools in Centreville, Rockville and Gaithersburg.
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
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.” …
Singer Brings Anti-Bullying Program to Germantown
November 13, 2014
By Kevin O’Rourke
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 YouTube.com 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.
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.
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.
By Larry Holden | Nov 09, 2014 10:41 AM EST
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
For more information on Lizzie, please visit www.LizzieSider.com.
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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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