Mount Carmel Academy
Lauren Rebecca Price, a senior at Mount Carmel Academy, shows her activism through her many service projects, including volunteering at Ochsner Medical Center as an informer, making lunches for Feed Jesus, working as a counselor for Vacation Bible School and even volunteering in South Africa.
Even though making lunches seems like a small act, Price says, “The sandwiches made by Feed Jesus will help a homeless person at lunch time – that person is saved for a few hours.”
In the summer of 2012, Price spent a month serving in South African schools and day cares. “After a 17 hour flight,” she says, “we began our mission: teach the children, and build and renovate three different schools: Seganyane Primary School, Holiday School Klaserie and Gorutha Toy Library.”
At Seganyane Primary School the group painted murals; at Holiday School Klaserie the group taught children about the solar system through game play; and at Gorutha Toy Library, the group played games with young children. “After spending several days with children, who all left a permanent mark on my heart, we plowed large fields to prepare for herb gardens that would be used as medicine for HIV and AIDS infected individuals,” says Price.
Through the entire time in South Africa, Price had many humbling experiences. Whether it was through distributing breakfast to children or helping build a play area, she was always doing tasks with a warm, open heart. The experience taught her a lot about materialism, and she learned the differences between her wants and needs.
“I feel that by letting people know how easy it’s to serve, I am making a difference,” says Price. “People ask me weekly, ‘So, what was that program you went to Africa with?’ They tell me they’re interested and want to go. Simply by going, I influenced people. I gained a sense of purpose.”
Price is also involved with Key Club at Mount Carmel and enjoys art, traveling, running and math. Price plans on going to medical school to become a physician so she can serve in hospitals in other countries. She will continue with her activism for the rest of her life, she says, because, “It is extremely important to be involved in your community because it helps both the giver and the receiver. The person serving will open his or her eyes to see that the world is much bigger.”