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Looking forward to a HIGH-ENERGY, FUN School Tour week!

Hey everyone – I am looking forward to a HIGH-ENERGY, FUN #SchoolTour week! Can’t wait to meet you all! #Butterfly

THIS WEEK’s schools are:
🙂 10/21 – Arnold Adreani Elementary in Sacramento; Arcohe School in Herald; Ansel Adams school in Stockton
🙂 10/22 – Sutter Middle School in Folsom; Camino Elem. School in Camino
🙂 10/23 – Newcastle Elem. School and Harvest Ridge Coop Charter Sch. in Newcastle
🙂 10/24 – Waterford Junior High School in Waterford; Julien Elem. School in Turlock
🙂 10/25 – Luther Burbank Elementary School in San Jose; Pacific Grove in Monterey

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Rising Singer Brings Anti-Bullying Message to Chico (Chico Enterprise Record)

 

 

 

Rising Singer Brings Anti-Bullying Message to Chico

By ROGER AYLWORTH-Staff Writer

Posted:   10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM PDT

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Lizzie Sider performs and educates Marsh Junior High School students about bullying during an assembly at the school on Friday. (Bill Husa, Staff photo) All ChicoER photos are available here. 

 

CHICO — Lizzie Sider is a bright, cheerful, energetic 15-year-old with a burgeoning career as a country singer, but Friday she was at Marsh Junior High School to do personal combat with bullying.Lizzie, who has performed with Nashville stars and whose Internet release “Butterfly” has scored more than 1 million hits, is in the second week of her 80-school tour of California.

Her show is a high-energy, one-person production during which she talks about her own experiences as the target of bullies in elementary school.

Before her show in the Marsh gym, Lizzie said to this day she doesn’t understand why, but she became the target of a clique in the school who devoted themselves to making her miserable.

She said she had one dear friend who was going through the same trials at the same time and that and her parental support got her over the challenge.

As she started to launch a singing career, Lizzie said she has been the target of another sort of criticism from people who have told her she is not “old enough, not good enough” to perform.

What other critics might think, 290 Marsh seventh-graders erupted into thunderous cheers when she bounced into the gym from a side door.

“I’m Lizzie Sider and I’m 15 years old,” said Lizzie, introducing herself to the crowd.

She told her audience she had been teased, excluded from games at recess and called names.

Then she asked her audience, while still holding their hands aloft, to open their eyes.

The students gasped when they realized almost everybody in the audience had their hands up.

Singing and dancing while she made her points, Lizzie pointed out, since almost everybody in the crowd knew the pain of being the target of bullies, “Let’s not cause that pain for somebody else.”

She also told the students that for a long time she came home from school crying almost every day.

Lizzie is joined on her tour by her attorney father, Don Sider, and her mother, Carole Sider.

Before her performance, she described both of her parents as “rock stars” who are always there for her, and during the show she credited her father with giving her the key to overcoming being bullied.

“My dad told me, ‘Nobody has the power to ruin your day’.”

She explained she didn’t really understand at first but she came to the realization, “We decide whether or not somebody else’s actions or words can get you down.”

In her finale, she sang “Butterfly,” which can be heard on YouTube at http://goo.gl/2vOOSi.

The lyrics say in part:

“And look at me now, look at me now

Finally comin’ and I want to fly

Gonna spread my wings, bright, and colorful things

They thought they knew me plain and shy,

But all along I was a butterfly.”

The series of school assemblies will continue in California until late November.

On Nov. 21, she will take part in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, where “Butterfly” has been nominated for an award.

For more information about the singer, visit http://lizziesider.com/ on the web.

Reach Roger H. Aylworth at 896-7762, raylworth@chicoer.com, or on Twitter @RogerAylworth.

CLICK HERE to go to this article on the web. 

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Singer to Promote Bullying Prevention at Fresno Schools (The Fresno Bee)

Singer to Promote Bullying Prevention at Fresno Schools Published: October 15, 2013 The Fresno Bee A 15-year-old emerging country artist will be stopping at two schools in Fresno as part of her California school assembly tour to promote bullying prevention. During the two-month tour, Lizzie Sider will visit Granite Ridge Intermediate School and Rio Vista […]

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County Singer to Visit Tahama County Schools (Daily News Business)

Home Business Story Country Singer to Visit Tahama County Schools Special to the Daily News UPDATED:   10/16/2013 06:22:10 AM PDT Lizzie Sider is a 15- year-old emerging country artist and will be starting a California state wide school assembly tour to promote bullying prevention, including a stop Tehama County. During the two-month tour, Lizzie […]

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Country performer sings out against bullies at Kelly School (Tracy Press)

Country performer sings out against bullies at Kelly School

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Anti-bullying message at Kelly

Singing the praises of an end to bullying in schools, 15-year-old Lizzie Sider performed three songs, including her anti-bullying single “Butterfly,” before a capacity crowd at Kelly School on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Sider, a rising sensation from South Florida, performed a free concert for two student assemblies in the school’s multipurpose room for third through eighth grades as part of an anti-bullying program. Tracy Unified School District is participating in a nationwide anti-bullying month during October.

The singer chose Kelly School as part of her 80-school concert tour across California and Florida that began on Monday and wraps up at the end of November.

Sider, an advocate to end bullying, co-wrote a song that speaks about her own experiences as a victim of bullying, called “Butterfly” The lyrics include: “Yeah, I let them keep me down / But look at me now. … They thought they knew me, plain and shy / But all along I was a butterfly.”

The Kelly School concert came about after Sider’s father, Don, sent an email to schools across California in late August, asking them if they would be interested in having the singer perform during the month of October.Don Sider, who was also at the performance, said the idea was for her to take her anti-bullying message directly to students.“Lizzie has a message to tell,” he said. “That’s why she wants to do what she’s doing — touch the lives of these kids.”He said his daughter was teased and ridiculed in grade school, and it was her music that got her through that difficult time in her life.Don Sider said the reaction to his proposal was overwhelming, and among those requesting a concert was Kelly School Principal Jeanine Wilson.

“I thought it would be a great message and the students would get inspired and follow her career,” Wilson said. “They could continue the message and fight this epidemic of bullying.”

Lizzie Sider sang three of her songs to the students, including “Butterfly.”

Students yelled with excitement, and many sang along.

After the show, students said they were inspired by the singer and enjoyed seeing her perform.

“I liked it being about no bullying,” said sixth-grader Courtney Loge. “I’ve been bullied before and my favorite song was ‘Butterfly.’”

Sixth-grader Amanda Reddick said she, too, loved the concert.

“It was really cool,” she said. “She told us about how she was bullied.”

Thouraia Naamo presented Sider with a large picture of a butterfly that she drew and colored with her sixth-grade classmates.

“We made it for Lizzie,” she said. “I wanted her to know she’s not alone in bullying. Everybody’s been bullied once.”

After the concert, Sider spent more than an hour signing autographs and posing for pictures with dozens of students.

“This school is so great,” she said as she sat in the quad signing autographs after school. “It’s so nice to come to a place that is so comforting. I want to inspire people. My favorite thing is signing autographs and meeting everybody. It’s fun meeting my fans. I want to share my story and hopefully inspire kids.”

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

Read more: Tracy Press – Country performer sings out against bullies at Kelly School

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The Schedule – WEEK TWO of my School Tour!

OhMyGosh, what a kick off week this was! – This weekend, I’ll be busy going through and adding some more great pics to my #SchoolTour Photo Album!

NEXT WEEK’s awesome school lineup is:
🙂 Oct 15: Arlington Heights Elem in Citrus Heighs, Frontier Elementary in Sacramento
🙂 Oct 16: Tehama Country District (Woodson Elem in Woodson, Rancho Tehama in Corning, Sacred Heart in Red Bluff)
🙂 Oct 17: Willows Glenn County (Willows, Elk Creek, Princeton and Waldon in Willows), Orland Glenn County (Lake, Capay, Plaza, Orland, Finch & Hamilton in Orland)
🙂 Oct 18: Butte County District (Marsh Junior High School in Paradise, Cedarwood Elem in Malaga)

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Lizzie Sider Performs “Butterfly” on The Queen Latifah Show (CelebSecrets4U.com)

Lizzie Sider Performs “Butterfly” on The Queen Latifah Show

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LIZZIE SIDER, 15-year old emerging country artist, performed her self-penned song, “Butterfly,” on The Queen Latifah Show earlier this week (Tuesday, October 8 –http://queenlatifah.com/loving/lizzie-sider-heads-out-on-anti-bullying-tour).  The appearance coincides with the launch of her bullying prevention assembly tour.  As a spokesperson for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center  in relation to October’s National Bullying Prevention Month, which was launched by PACER in 2006, Sider announced the launch of an over 80-school tour to speak to students throughout the state of California.  Visiting Elementary and Middle Schools, and performing “Butterfly,” Sider will conduct more than 70 assemblies during the tour, often meeting with students from multiple schools a day.  The tour began on October 7 at in the northwest part of the state and will end on November 26 in California’s southeastern desert.

During the assemblies, Sider will encourage kids to help prevent bullying as she recounts her own personal journey as a young student who was teased.  She will also perform her original song “Butterfly,” which Sider co-wrote about her experience and how she overcame the teasing.  Sider’s goal is to help kids as a positive role model, having risen above her own ridicule, to pursue a career in music.

Says Julie Hertzog, the Director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center:  “Butterfly is a song that helps young people realize that we all have potential and something important to offer.”

Sider has been interviewed by Access HollywoodBillboard, 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.”  Sider, who splits her time between Boca Raton, FL and Nashville, TN, recently participated in her first CMA Fest week with her own booth and with a live performance at the famed country music venue, the Wildhorse Saloon.  Both “Butterfly” and Sider’s follow-up single, “I Love You That Much,” charted in the Top 40 on Music Row. 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.

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages, and educates communities nationwide to prevent bullying through the use of creative, interactive resources. PACER offers educators, students, families, and individuals the tools they need to address bullying in schools, the community, and online.  Through her partnership with PACER, Lizzie has shared her song and reflection questions that are posted at PACER.org/bullying as resources that can be used in the classroom to creatively explore the issues around bullying.

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

Keep up with Lizzie Sider via her social sites:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lizziesidermusic
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LizzieSider
YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/lizziesider

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

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