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 […]Continue reading
Country performer sings out against bullies at Kelly School
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.”
“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.”
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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, 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 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.” 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.
To learn more about PACER, please visit http://www.pacer.org/bullying/.
Teen singer shares anti-bullying message
Lizzie Sider is a 15-year-old rising country-pop singer-songwriter from South Florida. (Courtesy of lizziesider.com)
Thirteen-year-old Melina Suastegui heard the message loud and clear as she attended an anti-bullying school assembly Tuesday, but she almost couldn’t believe the messenger.
Rising country-pop singer-songwriter Lizzie Sider visited Adele Harrison Middle School to share her experience of being teased as a grade-schooler and to encourage students to rise above any ridicule.
“I wouldn’t think she would get bullied,” said Melina, “because she’s pretty.”
The tall, slender 15-year-old singer from South Florida was, indeed, teased so much in grade school “that I came home crying almost every day,” she told the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students gathered in the school gymnasium.
“They called me names and laughed at me and I really don’t know why. It was very hurtful,” Lizzie said.
Lizzie Sider sings “Butterfly” as a video plays overhead at Adele Harrison Middle School.
Encouraged by her father’s suggestion that “nobody has the power to ruin your day,” the singer eventually embraced her own self-worth and potential – and is now taking that message on an 80-school tour across California during October’s National Bully Prevention Month.
Students wearing colorful rubber bracelets printed with the singer’s name and her father’s words of wisdom sang along to Lizzie’s debut single “Butterfly,” set to a lyric video she created with her mother.
The catchy and upbeat song tells of Lizzie’s empowering decision to overcome the teasing and bullying she experienced in elementary school.
“I used to hide and keep inside,” she sings, “But look at me now, look at me now.”
Today Lizzie is “one of the new artists to watch in 2013,” as noted in Country Music Association’s Close Up magazine.
The high school sophomore told students who’ve been bullied that they aren’t alone. She mentioned singers Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez and Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, asking students what the three have in common.
Students spread the anti-bullying message with colorful bracelets.
“They’ve all been bullied?” guessed a student.
“That’s right,” Lizzie said. “They were all bullied and overcame it.”
Students Jose Aguayo, 14, and Gaby Romo, 12, said they haven’t noticed much bullying at their school but felt inspired to help if they ever do.
“No one can change your day,” Gaby said of bullying.
“You can’t be changed by someone else,” echoed Jose.
For more information about Lizzie Sider, visit lizziesider.com.
– Dianne Reber Hart
— Today is Unity Day —
Remember to wear something ORANGE today!
On my way to L.A. to appear on the amazing Queen Latifah Show,
where I’ll perform “BUTTERFLY”, as a kick-off to my
Tune in on → TUESDAY, Oct. 8 ← for the show
Find out what time the show airs in your city HERE: http://goo.gl/iypzZz
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IT’S TIME TO GET EXCITED because NEXT WEEK starts my
! California Bully Prevention School Assembly Tour !
Attention all California Students:
Kicking-Off my Tour are these schools for NEXT WEEK:
🙂 Oct. 7 – Toddy Thomas Middle School, Fortuna Middle School, Leggett Valley School
🙂 Oct. 8 – Adelle Harrison, McKinley Elem., Murphy Elem.
🙂 Oct 9 – Ponderosa Elem., George Kelly School
October 9th is Unity Day – Let’s wear ORANGE to show our support and commitment to Unite Against Bullying!
I can’t wait to meet you all!