On Monday, Carbon School and Dr. Elliot's School had the chance to be motivated by the visit of Canadian Country Music Artist, Ryan Laird.

When he’s not performing country hits, Laird visits schools within Canada and the United States and talks with students about staying positive within themselves and striving to reach their personal life goals through the Bigger Than That Tour.

"The reason I started the Bigger Than That Tour was to try and empower youth and encourage them if they ever experienced peer pressure, being put down or being bullied," explained Laird. "There are ways that they can stand up for themselves and not have to create another problem. To kind of just turn a negative into a positive."ryanlaird (2)Laird sharing empowering message with Carbon and Dr. Elliot Students

Laird's fame was realized when music superstar, Taylor Swift, noticed a billboard he put up in Nashville, Tennessee asking Swift to help produce his album. Years later and his music has reached top 10 country music charts across North America.

"It was just his message," said Grade 8 student from Carbon School, Rylee Appleyard. "If you don't believe in yourself or something, just go for it! You'll probably achieve it."

Throughout the presentation that was held in Carbon School's gym, Laird engaged students in song activities, helping students set personal goals and performed many of his own songs for the students of Carbon and Dr. Elliot schools.

"He put out a big message for a lot of us kids to look up to. I think that was really nice of him to come out and do that," said Grade 9 Carbon student, Braden Best.

The Bigger Than That Tour for Laird continues as he makes his way into British Columbia heading towards Vancouver.

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