Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

Student Trent Schweizer presents the new classroom projector donated to Notre Dame Academy, Duluth, after his conversation with a business executive. Debra Orr, head of school, and Ken Lemons, director of educational technology, are all smiles.


Chat with fifth-grader leads to technology donation

Published September 12, 2013

A fifth-grade classroom at Notre Dame Academy has new technology thanks to a business savvy student.

A rising sixth-grader at the Duluth school, Trent Schweizer already knows the value of networking.

Trent saw that the projector in his fifth-grade classroom was failing and resolved to find a way to replace it. It turns out that during a business dinner he spoke with Patrick Malone of NEC Display Solutions, a company that specializes in visual display technology.  They discussed the different features of certain projectors, including brightness and lumens.

No word if Trent twisted any arms, but his persistence paid off. Malone donated a NEC projector to Trent’s classroom. He is said to have been impressed with Trent’s professionalism and believes Trent’s future “may be very bright in the business world.”

Trent developed his business and presentation skills through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme at the independent Catholic school. Notre Dame Academy is Marist-sponsored and is an International Baccalaureate World School serving over 520 students in PreK-3 through eighth grade.