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Ruby Bridges Elementary

351 Jack London Ave, Alameda | Get Directions
Camp Director Contact: Helena Ortiz

The year-round Ruby Bridges program serves youth in grades K-5 and encompasses a broad range of focus areas including: STEAM, Social/Emotional Learning, academic support, youth development, and sports and recreation.

Special qualifying rules apply. Please see the “Program Info” tab above.

Recreation Area
Lunch Area
Playground

About the Campus

Ruby Bridges Elementary is nestled within the warm East Bay community of Alameda. Adjacent to Alameda Community College, the surrounding neighborhood is brimming with shops, cafes and a culturally diverse population. Opened in 2006, Ruby Bridges is the only elementary school in Alameda that has its own STEAM lab and ‘makerspace’. The modern building also features a library/media space and plenty of age appropriate outdoor recreation/play spaces, perfect for summer camp.

Dates
June 24 – July 19
(No Camp Thursday, July 4th)

Campus Hours
12:00pm – 3:00pm (pick up is at 3 pm sharp)

Grades Served
K - 5th

Parent Resources

Drop Off Instructions

Camp Director

Helena Ortiz Helena Ortiz
Helena Ortiz

Helena has a passion for helping others succeed. She has had many experiences working with children as she started as an intern in the after school program her senior year of high school. Since then she has made her way up to managing programs for children to learn and build relationships in a safe environment. Helena is born and raised in California, in the Bay Area. She recently graduated with a Bachelor’s from University of Phoenix and is currently in her Master’s program. Helena is very excited to start her new journey with Camp EDMO™! In her free time, Helena loves to keep busy with her 6 year old daughter and family, as well as shop!

“I am looking forward to an adventurous summer with both campers and parents!” – Helena Ortiz, Ruby Bridges Camp Director

Staff

  • Daniel Calvo Daniel Calvo
    Daniel Calvo
    Counselor
  • Malik Ashorobi Malik Ashorobi
    Malik Ashorobi
    EDMO Counselor
  • Debra Garrett Debra Garrett
    Debra Garrett
    Instructor
  • Anthony Jackson Anthony Jackson
    Anthony Jackson
    Counselor
  • Shala Sims Shala Sims
    Shala Sims
    Counselor
  • Saman Anjum
    Saman Anjum
    Instructor
  • Kendall Gray Kendall Gray
    Kendall Gray
    SEL/STEAM Coach
  • Dayana Merino
    Dayana Merino
    Instructor

Daniel is very excited to become a brand new member of Camp EDMO. This will be his 3rd time returning to Ruby Bridges during the summer. Daniel is currently a full-time student at Texas A&M University-Commerce and is close to completing his Computer Science degree!

I believe...

in spreading love and happiness.

Malik is excited to be a part of Camp EDMO fo his 3rd summer as a Camp Counselor. He’s looking forward to being a role model and having fun with the youth. Fun fact, Malik is from Chicago and loves shoes.

I Believe...

in the Logic of Kindness.

Debra is so excited to be joining Camp EDMO this summer. This will be her first year, she looks forward to a fun-filled an exciting summer. During the school year, she works at Henry Haight Elementary School in Alameda.

I Believe...

in the Logic of Kindness.

Anthony is very excited to start his first year with the camp EDMO summer program. I am pleased to bring fun and creativity to this program and allow kids to be who they are by leading with example.

I Believe...

in the Courage to be Yourself

Shala is very positive and outgoing she is able to make her job fun by being a free-spirited person. Shala makes the funniest jokes.

I Believe...

in the Logic of Kindness.

Saman is so happy to be a part of Camp EDMO for her 1st summer as Unicycle instructor. Saman likes to do STEAM projects and is looking forward to having some summer fun with the kids. Saman loves to cook in her free time.

I believe...

in glorious diversity.

Kendall is so incredibly excited to join the Camp EDMO team this year as an SEL/STEAM Coach! She has worked with children in varying capacities for most of her life- from volunteering as a neighborhood babysitter as a teen, to serving as an elementary school mental health counselor in Richmond this year. She’s found her passion for helping kids build their self-esteem and talk through tough emotions. Kendall is a recent graduate of the MSW program at Cal Berkeley and hopes to one day open her own private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in child and family therapy. When she isn’t at camp, she’s probably: tending to her many houseplants, singing the ABC’s backward, writing poetry, or enjoying some fun in the sun with her black lab, Simba! She’s ready to contribute to a safe, inclusive, and exhilarating summer camp experience for the kids and families here in Alameda.

I Believe...

in Expanding Hearts & Minds.

Dayana is a part of the Ruby Bridges Camp EDMO site. She is looking forward to seeing all the different projects the campers will be creating this summer. Dayana earned her BA in Psychology at San Francisco State University. Fun fact: Dayana loves music. She was a part of her high school’s marching band. If you listen carefully, you can catch her singing to herself all the time.

I Believe...

in profound inner growth.

Ruby Bridges Summer Program

Ruby Bridges is a FREE summer camp program. This program is funded by the Alameda Unified School District. Campers attend a half-day, district-run summer school in the morning then transition to a Camp EDMO™ half-day STEAM & SEL-focused program in the afternoon.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Alameda Unified School District Nutrition Services. We strongly recommend packing an eco-friendly water bottle each day to make sure your camper stays hydrated. All of our facilities have water fountains. If you bring any of your own food, please do not bring any products that contain nuts.

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Program Requirements

Preparing for Camp

Age & Groupings

Equipment & Project Notes