Thank you, KIDY FOX San Angelo, for coming to Ft. Concho Elementary, for the great video, and for helping to spread the word of positivity and hope to kids who have been bullied!
By Roxanne McKnight
Students at Mexia’s A.B. McBay Elementary and R.Q. Sims Intermediate schools met together Friday to be part of a bully-prevention assembly and were moved by the message of Lizzie Sider, a 15-year-old budding country singer.
Sider made Mexia one of her stops at 70 school districts across Texas to encourage young people to resist the urge to bully others and to intervene if they see bullying happening to someone else.
The theme of the morning was “Nobody has the power to ruin your day,” which she said was something her father told her when Sider was struggling emotionally with being bullied.
Her hit song “Butterfly,” which the kids had practiced and sang along with her, was the thread that tied together the program. Many classes had made their own colorful butterflies in art class and raised them above their heads in the nearly full high school auditorium where the concert was held.
Some of the lyrics to “Butterfly” are, “They’d always put me down, yeah, I let ‘em keep me down, but look at me now, look at me now, finally comin’ out and I’m wantin’ to fly.”
“When I was you age,” Sider told the students, “when I was in elementary school, I was teased by other kids in my grade. They would exclude me from games at recess; they wouldn’t let me sit with them at lunch. They’d call me names; they’d laugh at me.”
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“Thank you for fighting for me.”
Charlie Brennan – Monday, May 19th – ESPN.com’s Rick Reilly; Lizzie Sider, 15-year-old Rising Country Music Star
May 19, 2014 11:44 AM
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Charlie talks with ESPN.com’s Rick Reilly about his new book, “Tiger, Meet My Sister…And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said”.
Charlie talks with 15-year-old rising Country Music Star Lizzie Sider, recipient of the Peter Yarrow Hero Award at the 2nd Annual Hatebraker Hero Awards and creator of the “Bullying Prevention Tour”, about her new hits, “Butterfly” and “I Love You That Much”, and about her efforts to end school bullying.
(Hatebrakers Awards event tonight, 5/19, 7:00 PM, at the Frontenac Hilton Hotel. For reservations, call 314-882-6182.)
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The Second Annual HateBrakers Heroes Awards will be held at 7:00 pm, May 19, 2014, at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac in St. Louis, MO.
Lizzie Sider will be honored, and will also be giving a special performance following the awards.
Lizzie Sider, named by the Country Music Association “Who to Watch” in 2013 will receive the Peter Yarrow HateBraker Hero Award. She always loved to sing but mean girls used to ask her to sing and then laugh at her and run away. One day she stopped crying and found her power in words and music. Today her Bullying Prevention Tour, comforting kids of all ages who have been teased or bullied, has taken her to California and Florida already reaching over 70,000 kids through live assemblies.
CMA / May 14, 2014
Emerging Country artist Lizzie Sider will be honored as a HateBraker Hero at the second annual HateBraker Heroes Awards on Monday, May 19, at the Hilton Frontenac in St. Louis, Missouri. As the evening’s featured entertainer, Sider will perform “Butterfly,” which she co-wrote about her own experiences of being teased, ridiculed and excluded by other children and how she overcame the pain.
The 15-year-old performer is being honored for her work in helping others to transcend the horrors of being bullied, and for her own moral courage to have become a leader and a role model, in the quest to raise awareness of, and to help stop bullying. In her efforts to promote bullying prevention, Sider has toured schools in California and Florida to present assemblies in which she shares her own personal stories of teasing with students. It is during these assemblies that Lizzie imparts her message that above all else, “Nobody has the power to ruin your day!” Starting April 9, the tour continued into Texas schools. By the end of the 2013-2014 school year, she will have met with nearly 100,000 students.
“Lizzie mustered the courage to rise above bullying and tell her story to the world,” said Susan Balk, Founding Director, HateBrakers. “Whenever a roomful of children hear her sing ‘Butterfly,’ about how she stopped hiding and learned to fly, they understand that they can do it too. She’s a powerhouse of healing, and she’s not even old enough to drive!”
HateBrakers, a division of the non-profit New Conscience, Inc., promotes the leadership and heroism of individuals who aid in “Hitting the Brakes on Hate” to help others recover from violence, bullying, racism, revenge, scapegoating and other aggressive acts. In 2013, Peter Yarrow of the legendary music trio Peter, Paul and Mary was honored as a HateBraker Hero. To learn more about HateBrakers, visit http://www.hatebrakers.org/.
Sider, who splits her time between Boca Raton, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee, will perform at CMA Music Festival on Friday, June 7, at 1 PM on the Chevy Roadhouse Stage.