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Article by The Cutting Edge

Winter 2019

Lizzie Sider, the American singer/songwriter and founder of the bully prevention non-prof it organization, Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day, returned to Fair Lawn schools for a three-show assembly at Fair Lawn High School on Oct. 29-30 and on Nov. 1. Sider has personally brought her bully prevention assembly to more than 400 schools throughout the country.

“You have the power,” Sider, 20, told the audience. “You have the power to spread kindness, and hope, and light.”

Students in grades fifth through seventh, along with students from Paramus and Glen Rock schools, enthusiastically sang and at times, danced along during the assembly. Fair Lawn students proudly waved their handmade ‘butterflies” on a popsicle stick during the show. Sider’s song “Butterfly,” her signature single, is based on stand- ing up to bullies. Sider said she was bullied in school growing up in Florida.

T.J. Middle School staff wrote to Sider in 2017 and said they had been impacted by Sider’s message and were incorporating it into their school culture. Sharon Bragin, teacher, T.J. Middle School, extended that invitation again to Sider in 2018.

“It was one the of the first places I wanted to return to on my Lizzie Sider Concert Tour!” said Sider.

At this year’s performance, Fair Lawn Mayor Kurt Peluso, along with Superintendent Nick Norcia, presented Sider with a proclamation for her ef- forts to promote bully prevention, kindness, friendship, teamwork, and encouragement to Fair Lawn. Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, is now officially “Lizzie Sider Day” in Fair Lawn.


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