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Ruby Bridges Elementary

351 Jack London Ave, Alameda | Get Directions
Camp Director Contact: Helena Ortiz
Email: rubybridges@campedmo.org
Phone: 510.679.8788

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

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!

Oakland (Park): oaklandpark@campedmo.org

“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
  • 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
    Saman Anjum
    Instructor
  • Kendall Gray Kendall Gray
    Kendall Gray
    SEL/STEAM Coach
  • Dayana Merino Dayana Merino
    Dayana Merino
    Instructor
    InstructorI'm a former instructor!
  • James Padilla James Padilla
    James Padilla
    Counselor
  • Arielle Brown Arielle Brown
    Arielle Brown
    Assistant Camp Director
    CounselorI'm a former counselor!
  • Ingrid Pedersen Ingrid Pedersen
    Ingrid Pedersen
    Counselor
  • Robert Sanlis Robert Sanlis
    Robert Sanlis
    Instructor
  • Kenneth Henry Kenneth Henry
    Kenneth Henry
    Counselor
  • Stephanie Bailey Stephanie Bailey
    Stephanie Bailey
    Instructor
  • Catherine Lactaoen Catherine Lactaoen
    Catherine Lactaoen
    Counselor
  • Casara Ortiz Casara Ortiz
    Casara Ortiz
    Counselor
    CounselorI'm a former counselor!

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.

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.

Love to play games! Love to be outside and get active! Let’s have fun!

I Believe...

in Summer Days Filled with Laughter.

Arielle is so excited to be a part of Camp EDMO for her 2nd summer. Arielle is a 4th grade teacher at OUSD. Arielle is in her 4th year of teaching. Arielle loves to SHOP until she drops!

I Believe...

in giving ALL students the opportunity to be successful in various educational settings.

Ingrid is so excited to be a summer counselor at Camp EDMO for her first year!

I Believe...

in profound inner growth.

Robert is excited to be joining Camp EDMO as an instructor! Robert is passionate about music, science, and history and wants to share his interests with you!

I Believe...

in the Logic of Kindness.

My name is Kenneth and I would like to say that I am really easygoing.

I Believe...

in Expanding Hearts & Minds.

Ms Steph is enthusiastic about being a part of Camp EDMO™! Working with children and having bubbly creative fun is a passion for her. Amazingly, she keeps finding herself being surrounded by the company of children and their families because of working with them or knowing them from the community. Ms Steph plays roles as an AUSD Para Educator teacher, an Alameda Arts aftercare staffer and a parent volunteer chaperone.
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Cathy is so excited to be at Camp EDMO™! She’s been a teacher for many years and loves it. She looks forward to having fun with her campers while learning new things. Her favorite thing to do is explore the wonders of Mother Earth and our environment. She’s anxiously waiting to meet all you campers and learn from you. Her focus is not only on teaching but making sure all campers feel and be safe.

I believe...

in glorious diversity.

Casara is excited to come back to Ruby Bridges and see the amazing students once again. She started her journey here with Leaps but took some time off to get her Bachelor’s degree. Now, Casara is ready to join Camp EDMO™ for summer fun and education.

I believe...

in creating well-rounded humans.

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