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Lizzie Sider Performs at Avalon Elementary School (City News Group, Inc.)

Lizzie Sider Performs at Avalon Elementary School

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Country sensation Lizzie Sider, 15, gave an anti-bullying presentation during an assembly at Avalon Elementary School in the Valle Vista Unified School District.


2013-12-04 ● 15:24:16
Last month, Lizzie Sider visited Moreno Valley where she conducted an anti-bullying assembly for the students at Avalon Elementary School. At 15 years old, Sider is an immediate country music sensation. She traveled through the state of California between Oct. 7 and Nov. 26, conducting assemblies to promote anti-bullying. In these weeks, Lizzie reached 89 schools via more than 70 assemblies. The interactive assemblies focus on the importance of individuals taking stances against bullying. Sider also shared her experiences of being teased and ridiculed while in elementary school and what she did to cope with it. Upon the conclusion of the assembly, Sider provided Avalon Elementary staff with discussion questions so staff could follow up with the students about bullying. The assembly at Avalon Elementary School was attended by approximately 380 students from the third, fourth and fifth grades. Sider performed for about 45 minutes and then spent time signing autographs and visiting some of the classrooms. During her performance, Lizzie invited some of the students to sing along with her. Ms. Tammy Roughton, principal of Avalon Elementary School, said, “This assembly really resonated with some of the students. I overheard students telling their parents about the assembly and how some famous people were bullied and overcame the issue and went on to great things.” The theme of the assembly was “Nobody Has the Power to Ruin Your Day.”
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Teenage Country Musician Visits Schools with Bullying Prevention (TehachapiNews.com)

Tuesday, Nov 12 2013 06:00 AM

Teenage Country Musician Visits Schools with Bullying Prevention Message

By SCOTT CAMP Tehachapi News
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Lizzie Sider, a 15-year-old anti-bullying advocate speaks to the students of Golden Hills Elementary School Wednesday, Oct. 30, during an assembly in the school’s cafeteria. Sider uses both songs and interactive activities to speak out against childhood bullying. Gregory D. Cook / Tehachapi News
Anti-bullying advocate Lizzie Sider performs with the help of some audience members Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Golden Hills Elementary School. the 15-year-old Florida native is touring schools throughout California to help spread her message that “No one has the power to ruin your day.” Gregory D. Cook / Tehachapi News

 

 

 

Lizzie Sider, 15-year-old country musician, paid a visit to Tompkins, Golden Hills, and Cummings Valley elementary schools to promote bullying prevention on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

As part of a two-month tour, Sider is traveling to 80 schools throughout California in a statewide effort to raise awareness about the effects of bullying, and is instructing students on how to intervene when their peers are being teased or ridiculed. Sider is teaming up with the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center to spread her message during what the organization deemed “National Bullying Prevention Month” in 2006.

Sider began performing country music professionally at the age of 13 and, after two years, her career continues to burgeon. She has already performed alongside music stars such as Aaron Tippin and was named an “Artist to Watch in 2013” by the Country Music Association. She is working on a full-length album, which she hopes will be released next year.

Standing in front of more than 200 fourth and fifth graders packed into the cafeteria of Golden Hills elementary, she relayed her own experiences of being bullied as a child, and explained how she found solace in music.

“I would be teased and excluded from games at recess, so I would walk around the playground and sing songs to myself,” she said.

Each student was given a wristband with the saying “Nobody Has The Power to Ruin Your Day” — the motto of her campaign — printed on them.

The musician concluded the interactive assembly with a Q & A session and a performance of her debut single “Butterfly,” which she co-wrote with singer Jamie O’Neal. The song tells the tale of how she learned to overcome being bullied.

Being a youngster herself, Sider explained how her “peer-to-peer” assemblies have made it easier to get her message across to those who are close in age.

“I have always wanted to inspire people,” she said. “It is a great feeling when a kid leaves a message on my website telling me how much I have changed his or her life.”

Sider began the tour at the beginning of the month and wrap up by Thanksgiving. She said she hopes to continue the campaign in her home state of Florida next year.

 

The link to this article in TehachapiNews.com: 

http://www.tehachapinews.com/lifestyle/x196575781/Teenage-country-musician-visits-schools-with-bullying-prevention-message

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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

Posted on 31 October 2013 by L.Moore

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.


**For more information, go to:

www.lizziesider.com**

@lizziesider

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