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/.