Performer Emi Sunshine Helping to Raise Awareness for Anti-Bullying Campaign

Emi Sunshine and Tim McGraw
Posted at 2:15 PM, Nov 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-18 10:43:55-05

TIFTON, Ga. (WTXL) - Bullying is a problem many children face when going to school, but a local campaign is trying to teach kids what bullying looks like and to let them know that it can get better.

"Bullying BUGS Me!" is a program that is showing students how to identify bullying in their own schools. The program uses an original children's story about a caterpillar being bullied to show children that bad situations can change and get better.

When the story is presented to children, it is read by an older student who then starts a discussion about bullying with their younger peers. Middle school and high school students in the program also turn the story into a stage musical and put on a performance.

This program is the focus of an upcoming event by an up-and-coming performer who has had a personal experience with bullying.

Emi Sunshine and The Rain are coming to Tifton, Georgia to help support the "Bullying BUGS Me!" program. Emi Hamilton is a ten year-old home school student who is the lead-singer, ukulele, kazoo, banjolele, and mandolin player for the group. She has recently performed at the Grand Ole Opry and opened for artists Emmylou Harris and Tim McGraw.

VIDEO LEFT: Emi Sunshine performs and talks about her bullying experience on Midday with WTXL anchor and reporter Jade Bulecza.

Emi has had her own experience with bullying at school. According to Emi, prior to her home-schooling and musical career, "I was bullied very bad when I was in school, so I don't want that to happen to other kids." Which is why she is lending her talent to the "Bullying BUGS Me" benefit concert.

The concert takes place on Friday, November 21, at 7:00pm at the UGA Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. Ticket prices vary and you can purchase them by calling 1-229-896-2819.

You can learn more about Emi Sunshine and The Rain, including information about upcoming appearances, by following them on Facebook.