By Madison Thompson–

The Red Barn is filled to the brim with books this week. After months of preparation, Honors Student Council is holding its bi-annual Book and Media Sale, better known as BAMS.

The sale began on Monday, April 4 and will continue until 3 p.m. April 9.

“This is a great opportunity to fill up your bookshelves at a great cost. Everything is under two dollars,” said Adaline Heitz, vice president of philanthropy and an event organizer.

All semester, HSC has been collecting book donations for the sale.

“That’s what’s so cool about the Book and Media Sale in that we try to engage the whole community. These books have been donated by students, community members and stores,” said Heitz. “Ultimately it marks a community coming together to do something philanthropic.”

Proceeds from BAMS and other HSC events throughout the year, such as the Yule Ball, will benefit Camp Quality Kentuckiana.

“This year we’ve chosen Camp Quality Kentuckiana which is really cool because the results from the sale are very tangible because it is such a small nonprofit. So every thousand dollars we raise sends one child to camp and provides them with companionship,” said Heitz.

“HSC is trying to raise $15,000, but honestly we are well on our way to surpassing that. It’s a good thing. Camp Quality had (I think) their largest registration this year,” said Heitz.

Camp Quality is a summer camp for children with cancer. They get to spend a week doing normal summer camp activities like swimming and bonfires, without worrying about their health. College students and other adults, end up playing a big part in the week as companions. A companion is someone who is assigned a child, then their main goal is to help the child have a good time during the camp.

Anyone over the age of 18 years old can become a companion. There is an online application process and, for more information, you can contact Eddie Bobbitt, an Arts and Sciences advisor.

Students and the community can help support Camp Quality by visiting the sale between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. now through Saturday.


Photo by Sarah Rohleder / The Louisville Cardinal