KEYSER - What weighs four pounds and has a nose for the weather? Schmitty The Weather Dog!
Along with New York City meteorologist Ron Trotta and children's book author Elly McGuire, this furry STEM star entertained and educated more than 50 classrooms of Mineral County kindergarten, first grade and second grade students Oct. 26 at the Church-McKee Arts Center on the campus of Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser.

 KEYSER - What weighs four pounds and has a nose for the weather? Schmitty The Weather Dog!
Along with New York City meteorologist Ron Trotta and children’s book author Elly McGuire, this furry STEM star entertained and educated more than 50 classrooms of Mineral County kindergarten, first grade and second grade students Oct. 26 at the Church-McKee Arts Center on the campus of Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser.
The two performances of the Schmitty The Weather Dog STEM Sing-Along Show were sponsored by Highland Arts Unlimited Inc. and Mineral County Schools.
Using literacy, music and a really cute dog, Team Schmitty The Weather Dog visits schools and performance halls across the country with their Schmitty The Weather Dog STEM Sing-Along Show inspiring students, especially girls, to get excited about studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects.
The Keyser show opened with Author Elly reading her book to the students, followed by Schmitty The Weather Dog and Musical Meteorologist Ron appearing on stage.
After the students recovered from the excitement of the real-live Schmitty The Weather Dog’s entrance, Ron, playing a “Schmitty-size” electric keyboard, started the weather words sing-along, weaving weather questions and teachable moments in between.
Schmitty The Weather Dog buttons were the highly coveted prize du jour for students who participated on stage.
Meanwhile, with Schmitty The Weather Dog in tow, Author Elly cheer-leaded the audience on; running up and down the aisles, dancing onstage, and encouraging everyone to participate in the singing and fun. To the students’ delight, even the teachers were coaxed up on stage to sing Schmitty The Weather Dog’s theme song during the finale.
“It’s one thing to bring the students to the theatre, it’s another thing to keep them engaged,” said Shirley Hackworth, vice president of Highland Arts Unlimited.
“To see the students and the teachers so excited and happy as they left the show was a testament to Team Schmitty The Weather Dog’s high-octane STEAM entertainment. It was truly a fun and educational experience that combined the arts and STEM for the students of Mineral County Schools.”
Schmitty The Weather Dog has appeared on “The Ellen Show,” “ACCESS Hollywood,” and been on stage in NYC’s Central Park with Oprah. And not just another pretty face, her STEM star status landed Schmitty The Weather Dog on the cover of last summer’s Hamptons Pet magazine.
Schmitty The Weather Dog and Meteorologist Ron have been the official weather team for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Along with Author Elly, they have visited more than 200 elementary schools across the country with their STEM enrichment program. The Schmitty The Weather Dog STEM Sing-Along Show has garnered rave reviews from students, teachers, principals and parents alike and is one of the few STEM enrichment programs geared to Pre-K thru 5th grade students.
Highland Arts Unlimited Inc. is a non-profit volunteer group dedicated to bringing quality music, drama, dance and visual arts programs to the community, as well as providing free arts programs to Mineral County Schools. The programs are funded by membership and corporate contributions, financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and financial support from the Mineral County Board of Education, with generous in-kind support from Potomac State College of West Virginia University.
For more information on Schmitty The Weather Dog and the Schmitty The Weather Dog STEM Sing-Along Show, go to www.SchmittyTheWeatherDog.com or email info@SchmittyTheWeatherDog.com