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Lizzie Sider’s Impassioned Bully Prevention Campaign Is Connecting With Kids, Tweens and Teens Across Florida (So Much Moore Media)

LIZZIE SIDER’s Impassioned Bully Prevention Campaign Is
Connecting With Kids, Tweens and Teens Across Florida

NOBODY HAS THE POWER TO RUIN YOUR DAY” Champion Wraps Sunshine
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Lizzie Sider at Crystal Lake Elementary School

Nashville, TN (March 10, 2014) – LIZZIE SIDER‘s impassioned bully prevention campaign, NOBODY HAS THE POWER TO RUIN YOUR DAY, continues to connect with kids, tweens and teens across Florida this month.  During January and February, she visited 65 schools, carrying her message to more than 30,000 students.  As a spokesperson for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, Lizzie is uniquely qualified for her mission: she was teased and ridiculed during her elementary school years.  During these presentations the 15-year-old singer/songwriter tells her story, counsels that “nobody has the power to ruin your day,” and asks kids to work together to prevent the tragedy that is bullying.  The rising star ends each 30 to 40-minute appearance with a performance of her Top 40 Country hit song/video “Butterfly” (a song about Lizzie’s experiences she wrote with Jamie O’Neal), the distribution of awareness bracelets, and a long autograph session.  Including last fall’s 100-school California assembly tour, Lizzie has reached a total of 70,000-plus students with her powerful message.

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Lizzie Sider at Waterstone Charter School in Homestead 

The universal appeal of Sider’s music and the impact of her message have brought the media spotlight to bear on this engaging entertainer.  Lizzie’s popularity has resulted in recent appearances on the  Queen Latifah show,The Daily Buzz Emotional MOJO segment, Fox 35 Orlando and a feature in last week’s issue of Country Weekly magazine, further expanding her reach.

Remaining March Assembly dates include:
3/11 Wesley Chapel Elementary School – Wesley Chapel, FL
3/11 Cypress Elementary – New Port Richey, FL
3/11 Woodland Elementary – Zephyrillis, FL
3/12 Fuguitt Elementary – Largo, FL
3/12 Eisenhower Elementary – Clearwater, FL
3/12 Melrose Elementary – St. Petersburg, FL
3/13 Laurel Oak Elementary – Naples, FL
3/13 Naples Park Elementary – Naples, FL
3/13 Palmetto Elementary – Naples, FL
3/14 Tommie Barfield Elementary – Marco Island, FL
3/14 Gulf Coast Academy Charter South – Naples, FL
3/18 Hobe Sound Elementary (2 assemblies) – Hobe Sound, FL
3/18 Pine Crest – Boca Raton, FL
3/24 Wildwood Middle School – Wildwood, FL
3/24 Lake Panasoffkee Elementary – Lake Panasoffkee, FL
3/25 Webster Elementary School – Webster, FL
3/25 South Sumter Middle School – Webster, FL
3/26 Forest City Elementary School – Altamonte Springs, FL
3/27 Roundlake Elementary School – Mt. Dora, FL
3/27 Bushnell Elementary – Bushnell, FL
3/28 Pine Crest School – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

After a few days’ rest, Lizzie will head to Miami and Marlins Ballpark where, for the seventh consecutive year, she will sing the National Anthem for the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, April 1 during their televised MLB game vs Colorado Rockies.

For complete Assembly Tour details, please visit www.LizzieSider.com.

Read the feedback of thousands of kids who’ve attended one of Lizzie’s assemblies on:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lizziesidermusic

Twitter – https://twitter.com/LizzieSider

See video on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/lizziesider.

To learn more about PACER, please visit http://www.pacer.org/bullying/.

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Kirt Webster / Webster & Associates PR
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Sandy Friedman / Rogers & Cowan
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Erin Jacobs / Rogers & Cowan
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Lizzie’s Florida Bully Prevention School Tour ~ The Full Schedule (UPDATED 3/08/14)

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LIZZIE’S FLORIDA BULLY PREVENTION SCHOOL TOUR
– The Full Schedule – 

Updated:  March 8, 2014
Note: This schedule is continually updated. Also posted on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lizziesidermusic/events

1/8 Murray Middle – Stuart, FL
1/8 Starlight Cove Elementary – Lantana, FL

1/9 Sandy Pines – Tequesta, FL
1/9 Stuart Middle – Stuart, FL

1/10 Port Salerno Elem – Stuart, FL

1/14 Water’s Edge Elementary – Boca Raton, FL
1/14 Hammock Pointe Elementary – Boca Raton, FL

1/15 Warfield Elementary – Indiantown, FL
1/15 Indiantown Middle (2 assemblies) – Indiantown, FL

1/16 Felix A Williams Elementary – Stuart, FL
1/16 Pinewood Elementary – Stuart, FL

1/21 Bessey Creek Elementary (2 assemblies) – Palm City, FL
1/21 Crystal Lake Elementary (2 assemblies) – Stuart, FL

1/22 Saint Andrews School – Boca Raton, FL
1/22 Palm Glades Prep – Miami, FL
1/22 Charter School at Waterstone – Homestead, FL

1/23 Bayview Elementary – Fort Lauderdale, FL
1/23 Sunrise Middle – Fort Lauderdale, FL
1/23 Pompano Beach Middle – Pompano Beach, FL

1/27 Seawind Elementary (2 assemblies) – Hobe Sound, FL
1/27 Pinewood Elementary – Stuart, FL
1/27 Hidden Oaks Middle – Palm City, FL

1/28 Pivot Charter School – Tamarac, FL
1/28 Rise Academy – Lauderhill, FL

1/29 Citrus Grove Elementary – Stuart, FL
1/29 Verde Elementary School – Boca Raton, FL

1/30 Imagine Charter – Plantation, FL
1/30 Florida Intercultural – Davie, FL
1/30 Florida Intercultural Academy of Hollywood – Hollywood, FL

2/3 South Daytona (2 Assemblies) – Deland, FL
2/3 Manatee Cove Elementary – Orange City, FL

2/4 Citrus Grove Elementary – Deland, FL
2/4 Blue Lake Elementary – Deland, FL

2/5 Woodward Elementary – Deland, FL
2/5 Volusia Pines – Lake Helen, FL

2/6 George Marks Elementary (2 assemblies) – Deland, FL
2/6 Southwestern Middle – Deland, FL

2/13 Miami Children’s Museum Charter School – Miami, FL
2/13 Plantation Key School – Tavernier, FL
2/13 Key Largo School – Key Largo, FL

2/14 Stanley Switlik Elementary – Marathon, FL
2/14 Sugarloaf School – Summerland Key, FL
2/14 Horace O’Bryant School – Key West, FL

2/18 Dixon School of the Arts – Pensacola, FL
2/18 Liza Jackson Preparatory – Ft. Walton, FL

2/19 Franklin County School – Eastpoint, FL
2/19 Apalachicola Bay Charter School – Apalachicola, FL
2/19 Altha Public School – Altha, FL

2/20 Emma Love Hardee Elementary – Nassau, FL
2/20 Yulee Middle School – Yulee, FL
2/20 Callahan Middle School – Callahan, FL
2/20 Yulee Elementary – Yulee, FL (evening assembly)

2/21 Lakeside Junior High – Jacksonville, FL
2/21 Mandarin Middle School – Jacksonville, FL

2/25 Parkway Magnet Middle School – Lauderhill, FL
2/25 North Broward Prep. – Coconut Creek, FL

2/26 Tavares Elementary – Tavares, FL

2/27 Sorrento Elementary – Sorrento, FL
2/27 Seminole Springs Elementary – Eustis, FL
2/27 Windy Hill Middle (2 assemblies) – Clermont, FL

3/3 Kingsway Elementary – Port Charlotte, FL
3/3 Vineland Elementary – Rotonda, FL

3/4 Myakka River Elementary – Port Charlotte, FL
3/4 Peace River Elementary – Port Charlotte, FL

3/5 Liberty Elementary – Port Charlotte, FL
3/5 Neil Armstrong Elementary – Port Charlotte, FL
3/5 Deep Creek Elementary – Punta Gorda, FL

3/6 Meadows Park Elementary – Port Charlotte, FL
3/6 Port Charlotte Middle – Port Charlotte, FL

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3/11 Wesley Chapel Elementary – Wesley Chapel, FL
3/11 Cypress Elementary – New Port Richey, FL
3/11 Woodland Elementary – Zephyrhills, FL

3/12 Fugitt Elementary – Largo, FL
3/12 Eisenhower Elementary – Clearwater, FL
3/12 Melrose Elementary – St. Petersburg, FL

3/13 Laurel Oaks Elementary – Naples, FL
3/13 Naples Park Elementary – Naples, FL
3/13 Palmetto Elementary – Naples, FL

3/14 Tommie Barfield Elementary – Marco Island, FL
3/14 Gulf Coast Charter Academy South – Naples, FL

3/17 Pinecrest Elementary School – Immokalee, FL

3/18 Hobe Sound Elementary (2 assemblies) – Hobe Sound, FL
3/18 Pine Crest School – Boca Raton, FL

3/19 Okeechobee Girls Academy – Okeechobee, FL
3/19 Country Oaks Elementary – Labelle, FL

3/20 LaBelle Middle School – LaBelle, FL

3/21 Challenger 7 Elem. – Port St. John, FL
3/21 Enterprise Elementary – Cocoa, FL

3/24 Wildwood Middle – Wildwood, FL
3/24 Lake Panasoffkee Elementary – Lake Panasofkee, FL

3/25 Webster Elementary – Webster, FL
3/25 South Sumter Middle – Webster, FL

3/26 Forest City Elementary – Altamonte Springs, FL

3/27 Roundlake Elementary – Mt. Dora, FL
3/27 Bushnell Elementary – Bushnell, FL

3/28 Pine Crest School – Fort Lauderdale, FL

END OF FLORIDA TOUR!

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Bully Prevention Singer (Fox 35 News Orlando)

Bully Prevention Singer

Posted: Mar 05, 2014 10:12 AM EST Updated:Mar 05, 2014 10:12 AM EST

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A Florida teenager is taking her message about overcoming bullying to schools all across the state through song.

15-year-old Lizzie Sider was teased when she was in elementary school. She told us her peers would laugh at her and call her names; she often came home crying. “One day before I went to school, my dad told me, ‘No one has the power to ruin your day.'” Now that’s the message she wants other students to know.

Lizzie told us after she learned how to overcome bullying, she decided she wanted to talk to other kids about the important topic. So she wrote the song “Butterfly.”

You can download Lizzie’s song on iTunes.

Read more: http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/24892024/bully-prevention-singer#ixzz2vChfOBn1

Watch the VIDEO of Lizzie’s interview and performance on Fox 35 News Orlando:  http://goo.gl/t1K1Yb

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Singer Brings Anti-Bullying Message to Clay Teens (Clay Today)

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By Eric Cravey

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ORANGE PARK – Clad in a black t-shirt and dark jeans, Lizzie Sider stands tall and proud amidst a crowd of seventh and eighth grade students at Lakeside Junior High, but that wasn’t always the case.

The 15-year-old champion of positive thinking and never giving up was once bullied so badly in elementary school that she asked her parents to remove her from school and pleaded with them to talk to the bullies or their parents to make the madness stop.

“I’d come home crying almost every single day,” Sider said during a Feb. 21 assembly at the school.

On the front of her t-shirt is a multicolored butterfly that represents not only her anti-bullying song “Butterfly,” but the artwork serves as a metaphor for how a student can become transformed by making a decision to stop bullying in the same manner a caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly.

The South Florida resident said her life became transformed when she went home after being bullied one day when her father said something to her that calmed her pain.

“He said, ‘Lizzie, nobody has the power to ruin your day’,” she said. “What that means is we get to decide how we feel. Nobody else gets to make that decision.”

Sider has since adopted her dad’s statement as the key message she shares with teens across the country. She said that statement changed her life.

Walking in and among the students, Sider asked the teens to close their eyes for a second.

“I want everyone to hold up your hand if you’ve ever been bullied,” Sider said. “Keep your eyes closed.”

Hands rose around the cafetorium and then, she gave them a new request.

“Okay, everybody open your eyes,” Sider said. “Look around the room and see how many hands are up. You are not alone.”

Snickers and muted giggles soon faded throughout the room as Sider asked the students to look around and see which of their classmates had their hands up. And then, she made a new connection with the audience.

“We know how much that hurts us,” she said. “We know what it’s like to be on the other side. We know what it feels like to hurt. Let’s not cause that same pain to others.” Sider, who is currently on a 100-school tour throughout Florida that will end in March, was welcomed with a sea of butterfl ies in her transformed performance space. Art students came together to make paper mache butterflies, while colorful butterflies adorned the café’s glass windows. Culinary students at the school made a butterfly-shaped cake to help drive home the message of transformation.

To further engage students, Sider asked the crowd of about 400 students if they knew what makes a person become a bully. Hands went up around the cafeteria.

“They may be having problems at home and may not have anyone at home to push them in the right direction,” said seventh grader Robert McGlynn.

Another student said people become bullies because they have low self-esteem or they may feel broken down inside. A third student told the group that some bullies act out because they think it’s funny.

Last fall, Sider performed at more than 80 schools in California and at every presentation, she has been welcomed with a great response.

“I get letters and cards from parents and teachers thanking me for sharing my story,” Sider said. “I’ve even had situations where some kids would leave the cafeteria saying they were never going to bully anyone again. They really get my message that nobody has the power to ruin your day.”

To further drive home her message, students were given imprinted armbands bearing her reminder that “nobody has the power to ruin your day.” From Lakeside Junior High, Sider took her message to schools in Jacksonville followed by St. Johns County.

South Florida-based singer Lizzie Sider, standing, brought her message of never giving up in the face of adversity to Lakeside Junior High students on Feb. 21 as part of a 100-school tour.

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Lizzie Sider Continues Anti-Bullying Message With “No One Has The Power to Ruin Your Day” Florida School Tour (Music Charts Magazine)

Music Charts Magazine® proudly presents an audio interview with “Lizzie Sider”. LIZZIE SIDER CONTINUES ANTI-BULLYING MESSAGE WITH “NO ONE HAS THE POWER TO RUIN YOUR DAY” FLORIDA SCHOOL TOUR

Published February 21, 2014
Lizzie Sider interviews with Music Charts Magazine's Big Al WeekleyMusic Charts Magazine® proudly presents an interview with “Lizzie Sider”.
Florida native lends her voice and message to students across state during school assemblies.
Boca Raton, FL (January 27, 2014) — LIZZIE SIDER, 15-year old emerging Country artist, is continuing her tour of elementary and middle schools, by conducting her Bully Prevention Assembly at over 100 schools during January, February and March of 2014, throughout the entire State of Florida. The tour continues after a successful weekend in Nashville, where Sider performed the national anthem at the Nashville Predators game before taking the stage at the historic Bluebird Café. “Bullying doesn’t just happen in October during Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, it happens all year,” says Lizzie Sider. “As someone who understands what it is like to be bullied, I am on a mission to…
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School Initiative Addressing Bullying – Sider Relays Her Anti-Bullying Message (South Lake Press)

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Sider relays her anti-bullying message

Posted: Monday, February 24, 2014 6:00 am
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Singer Lizzie Sider relays her anti-bullying message through music, song and dance, with some help from her student band, at South Daytona Elementary School, in South Daytona, on Feb. 3.

 

 

 

 

 

A new Lake County schools district-wide anti-bullying initiative has been instrumental in making it easier for students to report bullying, school officials said.

Implemented at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, the initiative provides an anti-bullying curriculum for each school, which is managed under the Safe Schools department.

The initiative is “comprehensive about educating about diversity and differences in students,” said Bill Mathias, school board member. “We have also made it easier for students to feel comfortable reporting it. Those students that feel threatened are coming forward.”

The initiative defines bullying so administrators know how to spot it wherever it takes place in the school, said Pam Beeler, program specialist for Safe Schools.

School officials have reported 28 cases of bullying so far this school year. That’s eight more than in the 2012-13 school year.

A number of highly publicized anti-bullying measures have been attempted in the school district in the last two years:

Two students at Carver Middle School have been trying for two years to establish a Gay-Straight Alliance club to prevent bullying.

Stormy Rich, an 18-year-old Umatilla High School student, intervened to stop bullying of a girl with mental disabilities on a bus. As a result, she was kicked off the bus.

In 2013, the Lake County School Board recognized Cypress Elementary students Kristopher Ganesh, Jamie Munoz and Marleen Ryan for starting Bully Blockers, an anti-bullying program that includes Buddy, a mailbox fashioned out of cardboard to look like a huge osprey, the school’s mascot. Students can use the mailbox to deposit notes with concerns and questions related to bullying.

Now, 15-year-old country singer Lizzie Sider is speaking on the issue locally, where is she is addressing more than 100 schools all over the state. On Wednesday, she is planning a presentation at Tavares Elementary School, and on Thursday she will give presentations at Seminole Springs Elementary in Eustis and Windy Hill Middle School in Clermont.

According to an article in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Sider said the issue is important to her because “I had experience with bullying when I was in elementary school.”

The News-Journal reported that her father gave her advice when she was dreading going to school.

“Nobody has the power to ruin your day,” he told her, according to the News-Journal .

School officials said the hardest issue to confront currently is cyberbullying found on social media sites and in other areas on the Internet.

“It is very difficult for the school district to track it,” said Chris Patton, spokesman for the school district. “Many times, it is occurring off campus and after school hours.”

Stuart Klatte, president of the Lake County Education Association, agreed.

“That is a delicate balance, dealing with cyberbullying especially,” he said. “The schools have tried to take a stand and deal with it when they can.”

Bullying is a complex problem, and it is hard to gauge how big of an issue it is in Lake County, Klatte said.

“A lot of it is going to be follow through from the administrators after the report has been made by either the student or teacher who has knowledge of it,” he said of tackling each case of bullying.

Tod Howard, school board member, said because there are so many programs on bullying it is imperative “to identify which ones are working and which ones are not.

“Instead of doing all the programs, we need to identify which ones are working and make sure they are being resourced properly,” he said.

 

 

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Lizzie Sider Gets Her Wings (Country Weekly)

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Lizzie Sider Gets Her Wings

HOW BULLIES INSPIRED A BUTTERFLY TO FLY.

Tammy Ragusa | Published: Feb 21, 2014

You would never know that the beautiful and bubbly teen who entertains a gymnasium or auditorium full of kids, tweens and teens was once teased and bullied to the point that she didn’t want to go to school. Lizzie Sider’s exuberance and energy parallels any NFL cheerleader’s.

But after her dad enlightened her with the words, “No one has the power to ruin your day,” the talented young singer decided to take the empowering message to the masses, and she’s spent much of the year visiting schools in Florida to share her uplifting perspective.

But Lizzie does more than just speak to her peers. She tells Country Weekly, “As I was putting together this assembly, I thought, ‘I know if was a kid in the audience, rather than sitting and listening to a whole speech about being kind to each other, I would rather it be a lot of fun, and interactive.”

So the confident young woman engages her new friends in a Q & A session and discussion about positivity and self-esteem. And there is music, including her own song, “Butterfly.”

For more on Lizzie’s inspirational school assemblies, pick up the new issue of Country Weekly with Dierks Bentley on the cover, on stands now.

 

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