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Stop the bullying: Activist, singer Sider opens NC school tour in Camden (DailyAdvance)

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Stop the bullying: Activist, singer Sider opens NC school tour in Camden

Singer-songwriter and anti-bullying activist Lizzie Sider leads Camden Intermediate School students in a march around the school gym, Monday, as they sing Taylor Swift’s song, “Mean.” Sider opened her tour of North Carolina schools at Camden Intermediate School, Monday. Photo by Tom at Daily Advance

By Reggie Ponder

Staff Writer
Monday, April 24, 2017

CAMDEN — Singer-songwriter and anti-bullying activist Lizzie Sider told students at Camden Intermediate School Monday there are many reasons people bully others — but no good reasons.
Sider, 18, also underscored the notion that students aren’t alone in being bullied by asking everyone to close their eyes and raise their hands if they had ever been bullied or teased. When students were asked to open their eyes again, they saw that nearly every hand in the room was up.

Sider also distributed bracelets at the event containing the saying, “No one has the power to ruin your day.” According to Sider, it’s something her father said to her when she was being bullied in elementary school. It’s a message she found empowering and shares with students everywhere she goes, and it’s the name of her nonprofit, which sponsored her visit to Camden Intermediate School and the rest of her tour this week of schools across North Carolina.

This is Sider’s first school tour in North Carolina and Monday was the first time she had visited northeastern North Carolina. She said in an interview before Monday’s event that she wanted to begin her tour of North Carolina schools at Camden Intermediate because of the message she received from the school’s principal. Keisha Dobie, Camden Intermediate’s interim principal, told Sider of the recent tragic loss of a 12-year-old student at Camden Intermediate who took her own life and the school’s commitment to heal and recover.

“She said, ‘we’re grieving and we’re trying to heal and we’re in a healing process,'” Sider said. “And of course, something as compelling as that, of course I couldn’t say ‘no.'”

The assembly, held in the school’s gym, built up to two songs Sider performed for the students. She had groups of students and teachers back her up on tambourines and maracas — and led the kids on a march around the gym — as she sang Taylor Swift’s anti-bullying anthem, “Mean.”

Sider closed with her personal account of her own experiences with bullying, including coming to the realization that she could rise above the cruel things people said to her, in her song, “Butterfly.”
The students were ready for the song. Many sang along with Sider, and students’ artwork depicting butterflies decorated the walls of the school’s gym.

Sider said that during the past two years she has performed at more than 350 schools across the country. There are core points she emphasizes at each one but she also tailors the message to the specific school.
“I tailor the tone and the flow just to make it as organic and as authentic for the kids as possible,” she said.

The students responded with energy and enthusiasm, and Dobie remarked after the assembly that she believed the program succeeded in conveying messages of unity and excitement about being at school and learning.

Dobie opened the assembly by reminding students that they are not alone and that they need to depend on each other.

“This is a nice way for us to kick off these least few days that we have in this school year,” Dobie told students.

Sider told students that when she was around their age a group of kids teased her, excluded her from lunch and other activities, and called her names. She sang the National Anthem at a Boston Red Sox game when she was 9, but was so anxiety-ridden about a video of that moment being shown at her school that she cowered in her chair as it was played for the other students.

But not long after that her father told her his encouraging words — “No one has the power to ruin your day” — and she took the message to heart.

“We have the power within ourselves to overcome whatever we are going through,” she said.
Sider then had the kids repeat the motto together. “Anything that we put our minds to, we can do,” she said.

Suder cited some well-known people — Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, Rihanna, Steve Jobs — and said all of them were teased at some point but went on to accomplish big things.

She asked the kids why people bully others, and got three solid answers: Because they have been bullied themselves; because they’re jealous; because something bad or embarrassing has happened to them.
None of these, Sider said, should be a reason to bully anyone. Instead, you should talk to someone about how you feel, she said.

Sider said there were times when she saw someone being bullied and did nothing about it. But the times she did do something, she said, it was absolutely worth it.

“The smallest act of kindness went the longest way,” she said. “It is our duty, and it is our job, to look after each other.”


Anti-bullying country pop star to perform in Lewisville (Journal West)

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Thanks Jenny for this awesome article! SO pumped for North Carolina!!! #NHTPTRYD #Butterfly #schooltour #ontheroadagain

Anti-bullying country pop star to perform in Lewisville

By Jenny Drabble Winston-Salem Journal

April 18, 2017

Photo by Warren Starks. Lizzie seen here with students in Chico, CA. She will perform at an anti-bullying rally in Lewisville.

When Lizzie Sider was in elementary school, she was bullied relentlessly and came home crying almost every day.

Now a country pop star, the 18-year-old is sharing her story through music in the hopes of ending bullying for good.

“It was really hard, but ultimately it was the words of my dad telling me ‘Nobody has the power to get you down’ that got me through it,” she said. “I wanted to spread that message to others.”

The Florida-born recording artist is the founder of an anti-bullying campaign, “Nobody Has the Power to Ruin Your Day,” and has traveled to more than 350 schools around the country to spread the message.

The 18-year-old will venture to elementary schools in Yadkin County April 26 to speak about bullying before headlining an evening concert at Shallowford Square in Lewisville.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m.

“I’m really pumped to come to North Carolina,” Sider said. “It’s been such an eye-opening experience to travel to different areas and perform and talk to the kids.”

Andy Lester-Niles, principal at Vienna Elementary School, said a former colleague of his helped facilitate the concert in Lewisville, and he’s excited to see the community come together.

“My first thought was, ‘Wow, this is awesome,’” he said. “She has a great message, and I think it will be a very fun family-friendly concert.”

Sider’s anti-bullying message is parallel to the one they use at Vienna, Lester-Niles said, and as a father, her platform is one that hits home.

“One thing I really like about her is empowerment for girls and realizing phrases like ‘hit like a girl’ or ‘run like a girl’ are a positive,” Lester-Niles said. “This event really is a win-win.”

Sider performed in her first musical when she was 6 and has been singing and playing the piano ever since. About 8 years ago, she picked up guitar, which she plays in several of her songs.

A songwriter since the age of 9, Sider said she used music as an outlet for the pain of being bullied. In 2011, “Butterfly” was released as her debut single, climbing into the Top 40 on the Music Row Country Chart with more than 1 million YouTube views.

“In a way, we’re all butterflies,” she said. “No matter what we go through, we really do have those wings and colors and unique parts about us just waiting to be released that can set us free.”

The “I Love You That Much” singer has performed concerts across the country and opened for many singers, including American country group Gloriana and Australian country singer Jamie O’Neal.

Sider has sung the national anthem for teams such as the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles and has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, The Queen Latifah Show and Fox & Friends.

She was also named one of CMA Close-Up Magazine’s “Artists To Watch” and a “Top 5 Female Country Newcomer.”

But Sider said what brings her most joy is using her passion for music to help others.

“Music is such a unique angle to attack (bullying) from,” she said. “It’s such a powerful way to connect with people, and it keeps it interactive and fun.”

In 2013, the Florida native kicked off her anti-bullying campaign with a two-month stint in California, sharing her story at more than 80 schools.

Sider created a DVD and workbook for bullying prevention — both of which are distributed for free to elementary and middle schools — that have reached more than 2 million students.

Sider said her parents have been her biggest inspiration and supported her in her journey to help mold future generations.

“My parents have taught me you can’t control what anybody else does or says, but you can control how you internalize it,” she said. “I really hope the kids come away with positivity and encouragement that they’re not alone.”

jdrabble@wsjournal.com (336) 727-7204


A “Must Attend” : Lizzie Sider @ NCEA Convention & Expo | St. Louis, April 19, 2:45-3:00

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Excited to be in ST. LOUIS for tomorrow’s NCEA CONVENTION & EXPO (National Catholic Educational Association) where I’ll talk about my first-hand experience with bullying and what I’ve learned from my extensive, nation-wide Butterfly bully prevention school tour!

I hope you come to my talk!


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Lizzie Speaking at “NCEATalk” | April 19 | NCEA 2017 Convention & Expo

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I am proud to be speaking at the NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association)’s first ever “NCEATalk” at the NCEA 2017 Convention & Expo in St. Louis this Wednesday, April 19, 2:45-3:00 pm.

I’ll share my experiences and observations about students and faculty, based on my National Bully Prevention School Assembly Tour of over 350 elementary and middle schools around the country. And, I will talk about my new Bully Prevention Video Package directed towards students, that is free for schools, and how it helps with Bully Awareness and Prevention.

I hope you will come to my talk!


REGISTER for this Event

NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association) 2017 Convention & Expo

America’s Center, St. Louis, MO


Lizzie/AFSA WEBINAR Tomorrow 3/21 2-3pmEST – SIGN-UP NOW

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REMINDER – Join Lizzie’s WEBINAR – Tomorrow, MARCH 21 @ 2-3:00pm EST


Lizzie Sider, together with AFSA Vice President, Lauran Cherry, will host a webinar followed by a Q&A on how administrators can help create a climate to reduce bullying.

Sign-Up NOW: http://bit.ly/2mpSnSY

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By Lizzie Sider

NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) Posted by Student Voice on March 15, 2017

NASSP Student Leadership Initiative | Global Citizenship – Students Changing The Word Together  March 13, 2017

Guest post by Lizzie Sider

Lizzie Sider is an 18-year-old singer/songwriter born and raised in Boca Raton, FL. She is also the founder of the bully prevention foundation Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day, through which she has personally visited over 350 schools with her original bully prevention assembly. In her post below, Lizzie offers principals some observations related to the importance of promoting a positive school culture. Lizzie’s endeavor highlights key values all global change ambassadors should possess, including promoting awareness/perspectives and empathetic action.

To see what global change ambassadors are working on and to learn more about NASSP’s student leadership initiative on global citizenship, visit makingglobalchange.org.

Lizzie Sider on her national bully prevention school tour. Photo by Darryl Nobles

In elementary school, I was badly teased, excluded, and ridiculed. I would come home from school crying almost every day, feeling defeated and not wanting to return. The strength that I ultimately gained through the process of overcoming the bullying inspired me to create my first bully prevention assembly, which combined music with messages of bully prevention, positivity, and encouragement. To date, I have led this same assembly at over 350 schools and before 150,000 children nationwide. My newest project, a free bully prevention video package, launched in December 2016 and is currently being used in over 3,400 schools, reaching more than 2 million children worldwide.

My experiences with bullying and bully prevention have given me insight into the important role that principals and other school leaders have in creating a positive environment for students. Imagine walking into a school as a visitor and being greeted by the principal as a fellow educator. Now imagine performing a live, upbeat assembly with hundreds of excited children who welcome you as a peer. In this unique dual role as both educator and student, I have been able to see what is really going on beneath the surface at a school, which is represented in its culture.

According to Dr. Kent D. Peterson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, school culture is “the set of norms, values and beliefs, rituals and ceremonies, symbols, and stories that make up the ‘persona’ of the school.” A toxic school culture is detrimental and leads to intolerance and unhappiness among all students and administrators. In contrast, a healthy one is what makes a school exceptional.

Characteristics of an Exceptional School

From my observations, the principal makes all the difference in creating a positive school culture and is the one person who can make or break a school culture. Here are some characteristics of exceptional schools that I have seen and that principals should insist upon:

  • Positive and uplifting leadership. It’s the duty of the principal to be invigorated, inspired, and invested in the spirit and the demeanor of everyone in the school. Your example will set the tone for everyone else around you. Communicate well and be an example of good values and respectable behavior. The faculty and staff will notice your behavior and feel compelled to mimic it, and then the students will follow and adopt that same behavior as their own.
  • Mutual respect. Establishing mutual respect is key to opening all doors—conversation, understanding, discipline, etc.—with your teachers, counselors, students, and parents.
  • Making sure everyone feels part of a team. Acknowledge work well done and get to know those around you, because they’re your teammates. Everyone will work best together when they all feel like part of the same team.
  • Showcasing student art around the school. Encourage your teachers to engage in art activities with their classes and get those walls decorated with the students’ artwork! Seeing their own creations displayed inspires students to be more imaginative and more invested in their school community.

Making a School a Safe Space

A student-made poster at a school, with handmade butterflies and a painted quote from Lizzie’s bully prevention campaign’s theme song, “Butterfly.” Photo by Lizzie Sider

A school should be a safe space for everyone in the school and it is up to the principal to set the tone for creating that safe space. Students should feel like they can come to the principal with any problems they might have and expect a compassionate adult who is actively listening and working with them to find a solution. Principals should also encourage teachers to submit new ideas to make the school better and, overall, model what the best choices are. Show students and teachers what to do with your own behavior.

As a principal, you set the bar for everyone in your school community regarding how to act, how to speak, how to regard others, and how to lead. It is your job to help everyone become the best version of themselves. A positive school culture may be only an aspiration or idea to some, but do your best to implement it in your school, and turn it from an idea into a practice. And then, principals, make it the principle.

Lizzie Sider can be reached at lizzie@nobodyhasthepowertoruinyourday.org 

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