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Bullying is a growing epidemic around the country. Today students at Dixon School of the Arts and Marcus Point Baptist School got a visit from a country music singer who is traveling the state on an anti bullying tour.
“Through the power of song country music singer Lizzie Sider is trying to preach to students about the message of bullying.”
15 year old Lizzie Sider is spreading a message about anti bullying through her music. Lizzie Sider: “It’s a way for me to express something in a way words just can’t.”
She’s taken her tour “No One Has the Power to Ruin Your Day” across the state. Lizzie writes all of her own music and says her experience being bullied in elementary school was her inspiration.
She sang her theme song “Butterfly” with the students.” “It’s about not only being bullied, but anything that we’re going through we have the power within ourselves to overcome it and all we have to do is just spread our wings and fly like a butterfly and that’s the message behind the song.”
Makayla McCreary: “Sometimes I would cry a little bit.” 6th grader Makayla McCreary said she could relate to the song and message.
“I learned that anybody can become a butterfly. You maybe shy and small, but one day you’re going to grow up big and strong.”
When Makayla was in elementary school she says she was bullied.. “I only had a few friends and most of the people who were there they would always tease me and not let me play with them.”
She says Lizzie’s visit taught her and other students an important lesson. “It’s all right to be who you want to be and nobody can change who you are no matter what they do or say to you.”
“Lizzie’s tour will be in March in the state of Florida.” More health related stories
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Teen singer with antibullying message inspires Keys students
BY TERRY SCHMIDA
“Nobody has the power to ruin your day.”
That was the truth that 15- year-old singer Lizzie Sider brought to hundreds of area students during a tour of county schools on Friday.
The up-and-coming Nashville recording artist brought her musical mes- sage of hope and triumph over adversity to enthusiastic elementary and middle school students at Plantation Key, Horace O’Bryant and Sugarloaf schools. About 250 fourth- through eighth-grade students jammed the cafeteria at Sugarloaf to see Sider, who didn’t let a bout of laryngitis keep her from performing her hit song “Butterfly,” and speaking out on the issue of bullying.
Sider is a South Florida native currently on a 100 school tour of the Sunshine State in support of “Butterfly,” which has already garnered over a million views on YouTube. She recently completed a grueling tour of California schools, and is planning to hit Texas next.
But it was the issue of bullying, wherever it takes place, that was on Sider’s mind Friday, as she danced around the cafeteria with the enthusiasm and professionalism one might expect from a performer twice her age.
During an extended introduction of her now famous song, Sider let down her guard a little and told her story.
“I was teased by the other kids in my grade,” she said solemnly. “They’d call me names, and exclude me from games at recess. They wouldn’t let me sit with them at lunch.”
To cope, Sider said, she began singing to herself.
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“I used to leave school crying almost every day,” Sider said. “I begged my parents to take me out of school.”
The torture continued from the time she was in kindergar- ten until sometime in fourth grade when Sider had an epiphany.
“One day when I was leaving for school, my dad said to me, ‘Nobody has the power to ruin your day,’” Sider said. “I didn’t get it at first, but eventually it began to sink in. We decide whether somebody can affect us. Once I realized that, things began to change.”
Yellow rubber wristbands emblazoned with the saying were distributed to the students.
Sider then asked the crowd — school staff included — to close their eyes and put up their hands if they had ever been teased or bullied. She then requested they all open their eyes at the same time. A murmur swept through the audience as the near-universality of the issue began to sink in.
Taking another tack, Sider threw out the names of a number of prominent Americans, including singer Taylor Swift, President Obama, and the late Steve Jobs of Apple computers. When Sider asked the students what these famous and successful people all had in common, fourth grader Antonio Doblas called out, “They might have been bullied.”
Sider then asked the group why they thought bullies acted the way they do.
“Because they were bullied themselves,” replied Christopher Rackley, another fourth grader.
Sixth-grade student Reagan Fountain posited that bullies try “to make themselves feel better about themselves” by hurting others.
Victims of this kind of mistreatment should always keep in mind that there’s somebody out there who will listen to their problems, Sider insisted, such as a teacher, a friend, or a family member.
A sea of nodding heads greeted Sider’s inquiry, “Who here really looks up to bullies?”
On the contrary, the singer added, most everybody admires those who stand up to bullies.
“These are the kind of people we should try to emulate,” Sider said.
She then asked how the bullies who tormented Swift, Obama and Jobs probably feel today, now that they’re grown persons themselves.
“Shameful!” came the loud response from one student.
At this point, Sider drafted fourth-grade teacher Linda Diaz to become her “new band leader.” Teachers and school choir singers then launched into “Butterfly” with their voices and an array of musical instruments prompting a Beatlemania-like response from the screaming students. Sider led her min- strels, including Sugarloaf Principal Harry Russell, around the cafeteria, as a group of pupils wearing butterfly wings on their backs, jumped up and down with excitement.
“Look after each other like your own little brother or sister,” Sider said, encouraging the students to step in and help each other out when bully-type situations arise.
She reminded them, however, that the road of life is rocky, and that even as they grow older, they’re likely to encounter other forms of negativity throughout their lives.
“I want to be a professional singer,” Sider said. “Every day I hear people say I can’t do it, that I can’t make it. There will always be people out there who will try to knock you down.”
Sider’s performance drew strong applause from Principal Rusell.
“She has a very powerful message, and the students listen to her because she’s still practically a kid herself,” Russell said. “She’s going to be a big star some day, so the students are lucky to be seeing her now. This is also another example of us doing everything we can to eradicate bullying from our school system.”
Sugarloaf School Counselor Rebecca Palomino, who helped arrange Sider’s visit to the Keys, agreed.
“Her message is positive, powerful and great,” she said. “It really hits home with the kids because she’s so close to them in age.”
Sider donated her time and talent to the 100 schools she will visit in Florida, free of charge.
A note from Lizzie: Thank you, The Key West Citizen, for the great article!
View this article online: http://keysnews.com/node/53553
Here’s our interview with Lizzie Sider!
1. What is the #1 item on your Bucket List? Someday I’d love to go zip lining in Costa Rica.
2. What is something that you are passionate about outside of music? I love dancing. My favorite styles are lyrical, modern, and contemporary. My dance teacher always quotes, “Dance is a key that can unlock the soul.”
3. What artists do you look up to/are inspired by? Ever since I was very young, I’ve been listening to, along with my parents, artists like Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, George Strait, The Monkees, Foreigner… the list goes on and on. Others who inspire me are Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Hilary Duff, Carrie Underwood and Eva Cassidy.
4. If you could listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be? One of my favorite albums ever is the soundtrack from Dirty Dancing. Dirty Dancing is one of my favorite movies, if not my absolute favorite!
5. If you knew you could pick your final meal, what would it be? My mom and dad make the BEST lamb chops! It’s a team effort; mom marinates and seasons, dad grills. With those, we have noodles and a green vegetable. That would definitely be my final meal!
6. What is the last music (album or single) that you have purchased? Was it a CD or mp3? The last single I purchased was an mp3 from iTunes, and it was “Let it Go” by Demi Lovato. I think Demi kills it on vocals, and Frozen has become one of my favorite movies!
7. What has been your biggest “Wow” moment in your musical career? In March of 2013, I filmed my first ever real music video for my song, “I Love You That Much.” We shot it at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. I remember everything about that day: getting hair and makeup done on set, meeting and visiting with the other actors and the crew in between shooting, the cameras, funny moments, shooting locations, the onlookers, and mostly how surreal it all felt.
8. If you could pitch one song of yours to a major record label executive, what would it be? I have a song called “Souvenirs,” which I co-wrote with country artist Jamie O’Neal. It is a beautiful piano ballad that gives me chills every time I play and sing it, and I’m always told that it has that same effect on other people. It’s a song about remembering a summer love and it totally encompasses me as an artist.
9. What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? My parents have been telling me since I was very little to never stop believing in myself and to follow my dreams. They tell me that they’re proud of me for just being me, and to never lose sight of who I am as a person. They’re my best friends!
10. What else would you like our readers to know about you? Some things I like to do in my spare time: Spend time with my parents, play with my dogs, dance, play tennis, knit (my grandma taught me years ago), read, play piano and guitar, practice the fiddle (I’m learning!), go on Pinterest, “sock surf” in my hallway, write songs, listen to music (including vinyl albums), cook, bike ride, and hang out with my friends!
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“NO ONE HAS THE POWER TO RUIN YOUR DAY” FLORIDA SCHOOL TOUR
Florida native lends her voice and message to students across state during school assemblies
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 help anyone who doesn’t think anyone will listen.”
During the 30 to 40-minute assembly, Sider will encourage kids to help prevent bullying as she recounts her own personal journey as a young student being teased and ridiculed in elementary school, what it felt like, and how she tried to deal with it. In addition, Lizzie discusses the importance of everyone standing up to stop bullying. She will also perform her original song “Butterfly,” which Sider co-wrote about her experience and how she overcame the teasing. Her goal is to help kids as a positive role model, having risen above her own ridicule, to pursue a career in music.
As a spokesperson for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which was launched by PACER in 2006, Sider has already visited over 80 schools in California before starting her school tour in Florida.
Sider appeared on The Queen Latifah Show, has been interviewed by Access Hollywood, Billboard, Hallmark’s Home & Family show, TIME for Kids, Nashville’s Crook & Chase, and was named by the Country Music Association as an “Artist to Watch in 2013.” Lizzie, who splits her time between Boca Raton, FL and Nashville, TN, recently participated in her first CMA Music Fest week with her own booth and with a live performance at the famed country music venue, the Wildhorse Saloon. Both “Butterfly” and her follow-up single, “I Love You That Much,” charted in the Top 40 on MusicRow. The video for “I Love You That Much” was directed by award-winning Steven Goldmann, whose past credits include Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Shania Twain. Sider is currently working on her first full-length studio album for release in 2014.
For complete Assembly Tour details, please visit www.LizzieSider.com.
To learn more about PACER, please visit http://www.pacer.org/bullying/.
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Singer Lizzie Sider relays her anti-bullying message through music, song and dance at South Daytona Elementary School on Monday morning.
Published: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 9:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 10:51 p.m.
SOUTH DAYTONA — Fifth-grader Lindsey Edmonds saw “a dream come true” Monday as she stood alongside teen recording artist Lizzie Sider belting out a song in front of hundreds of schoolmates at South Daytona Elementary.
It was the message as much as the music, though, that kept students singing along, clapping and stomping their feet as Sider talked about bullying prevention in a program that will be presented at eight Volusia schools by week’s end. The 15-year-old country pop singer from Boca Raton is at the beginning of a tour that will take her to 100 Florida schools over the next two months.
“It’s very, very important to me because I had experience with bullying when I was in elementary school,” Sider said in an interview after back-to-back assemblies at South Daytona Elementary.
Sider shares that story — the pain of classmates’ ignoring her at recess and lunch, calling her names and teasing her — in terms children can understand during her school presentations. And she offers practical suggestions on how to prevent bullying and help those who face such intimidation at school.
“It’s up to each and every one of us to look out for each other, just like a little brother or sister,” Sider told her young audience. …..
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