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Teen Country Singer Performs, Discusses Bullying with Upland Students (Daily Bulletin)

Teen Country Singer Performs, Discusses Bullying with Upland Students 

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Lizzie Sider performs for students at Cabrillo Elementary in Upland on Friday. Frank Perez — Correspondent

By Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

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Lizzie Sider shakes hands with Cabrillo Elementary student Serena Zamoyain during a performance of her song “Butterfly,” on Friday. Frank Perez — Correspondent

 

 

 

 

 

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

Sandra Emerson

Sandra covers the city of Upland. Reach the author at Sandra.Emerson@inlandnewspapers.com or follow Sandra on Twitter: @UplandNow.

 

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Country Singer Lizzie Sider Croons an Anti-Bullying Message to Whittier Students (Whittier Daily News)

Country singer Lizzie Sider croons an anti-bullying message to Whittier Students (Whittier Daily News)

Country Western singer Lizzie Sider, 15, sings her song “Butterfly” for students at Ocean View Elementary School in Whittier on Monday as part of her 80-school California Bully Prevention Tour. (Keith Durflinger / Staff Photographer) 
By Sandra Molina, Whittier Daily News

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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.

Sandra Molina

 

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15-Year Old Local Country Artist Gets Big Nod From Nashville (Observer Newspaper Online)

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15-year-old local Country artist gets big nod from Nashville

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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.

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

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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www.lizziesider.com**

@lizziesider

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Country Singer Campaigns Against Bullying in Newcastle (Auburn Journal)

Thursday Oct 24 2013

Country Singer Campaigns Against Bullying in Newcastle

Artist Lizzie Sider performs at the school Wednesday

By: Amy Lobenberg, Journal Staff Writer

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.”

 

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Lizzie Sider Visits Leggett Valley School to Talk About Bullying (Redwood Times)

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 […]

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Can Kids Teach Other Kids Not To Bully? (Yahoo! Shine – The Good News With The Ellen DeGeneres Show)

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Teen group Jetset Getset performs for National Bullying Prevention Month. Photo Courtesy of Jetset Getset

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, but the issue could probably use more than a month to bring it attention. According to the National Association of School Psychologists, bullying is the most common form of violence in our society and more than 3.2 million kids are victims each year.

Bullying typically peaks in middle school, says Julie Hertzog, director of nonprofit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. To help young students deal with this reality, the organization launched the WE WILL Generation campaign in partnership with Green Giant this month. The goal? To encourage kids to help kids.

“It’s so much more impactful when peers talk to each other about this issue and give each other support,” Hertzog tells Yahoo Shine. “We hear from hundreds of students, and a common theme from those who witness the bullying is, ‘What can I do?,’ and those who are bullied say, ‘I feel so alone.’”

For the initial launch of WE WILL Generation, high school students will talk with middle school kids about bullying and how they can play a role in ending bullying in their school. “The students who are presenting the material are developing their leadership and advocacy skills, as well as providing a voice of experience to the younger kids,” says Hertzog. In the coming year, a similar program will be rolled out for elementary students.

The organization has also tapped up-and-coming teen artists to help spread its message, including country music group Jetset Getset and 15-year-old singer Lizzie Sider, named Artist to Watch in 2013 by the Country Music Association. Sider will be performing at more than 80 school assemblies in California through the month of November, including her song Butterfly about her own experience of being bullied at a young age.

In addition to the WE WILL Generation campaign, concerned kids and parents can also show their support by signing a digital petition pledging, “The End of Bullying Begins With Me,” or by sporting a Choose Orange wristband. Says Hertzog, “Kids are talking about the issue  and they are motivated. They want to find solutions.”

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