What weighs four pounds and has a nose for the weather?
Schmitty The Weather Dog.
Along with NYC meteorologist Ron Trotta and NYC children’s book author Elly McGuire of Warwick, this furry celebrity pup entertained and educated kids with their Schmitty The Weather Dog Science Sing-Along Show at St. Kevin School on Thursday.
Using literacy, music and a really cute dog, Team Schmitty The Weather Dog visits schools across the country with their Schmitty The Weather Dog Science Sing-Along Show, inspiring students, especially girls, to get excited about studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects.
“Meteorologist Ron and I are both products of a Catholic school education,” said McGuire, who is also a native of Rhode Island. “We feel a special bond entertaining at parochial schools. During Catholic Schools Week we brought our STEM enrichment program back to Incarnation Catholic School in Washington Heights in New York…for the third year in a row,” said McGuire. “We love what we do. And three years in a row? That’s when we know schools love what we do, too.”
Schmitty The Weather Dog has appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Access Hollywood” and been on stage in NYC’s Central Park with Oprah Winfrey. And not just another pretty face, her STEM star status landed Schmitty The Weather Dog on the cover of “Hamptons Pet” magazine.
Meteorologist Ron, formerly a weather producer for “ABC World News” and “Good Morning America,” and Schmitty The Weather Dog 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 Science 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. They believe that is where the transformation.
Team Schmitty The Weather Dog’s appearance at St. Kevin School is even more special than usual in that McGuire’s mom, Eileen McGuire-McLellan, who passed away in December, had her Mass of Christian burial celebrated by Father Frank O’Hara, a relative by marriage, and the former Pastor of St. Kevin Church.