Sunday, May 3, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Davis campers get down to cooking

Woodstocks Pizza general manager Dee Clark spins pizza dough over the heads of Bridge Camp participants as she teaches the mechanics of pizza making. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

By
From page A1 | July 23, 2013 |

The Davis Summer Bridge Youth Camp is kicking off its first year by offering youngsters from Marguerite Montgomery Elementary four weeks of learning and fun. More than 40 students are participating in the camp this summer with several more junior camp counselors, educators and volunteers providing support.

The camp is a summer extension of the Davis Bridge program active during the school year. Since 2003, the Davis Bridge Educational Foundation has been dedicated to improving the academic achievement of low-income Davis students.

“The Summer Bridge Youth Camp acts as a resource to extend education and experiences to our students who might not otherwise be given this opportunity,” said camp director Jeannie Pytel. The summer camp provides students with professional tutoring, along with lessons in swimming, fine arts, sports, and community involvement as well.

To learn about food, the campers went on a field trip to Downtown Davis. Their trip featured behind-the-scenes tours of Woodstock’s Pizza and Whole Foods and was capped off with a scavenger hunt.

They began their day at school and prepared themselves with healthy snacks and water. After saying good-bye to their parents, the group made its exodus out of the school to ride a Unitrans bus downtown.

“Guys, we made it alive!” exclaimed Yahir Datino, 11, as the group flooded off of the bus.

With limbs loose and ready for adventure, the campers began the first leg of their trip. The group split in two; the younger students left for Whole Foods, while the older students went to Woodstock’s Pizza.

At Woodstock’s, the students learned how pizzas are made. The campers were especially captivated by how the cooks made the dough. The best part of the tour, to many, was making custom pizzas.

“I put pepperoni, bacon, salami, tomato and olive on my pizza … eating was fun,” said Valerie Burciaga, 12.

At Whole Foods, the students met a variety of employees as they toured the grocery store. Their guide, marketing team leader Kristen Tantarelli, showed the kids healthy food alternatives and explained how food makes its journey onto the shelf. Aggie burgers and maple-bacon cupcakes, both unique to the Davis store, mesmerized the students.

“Why do we call it ‘Whole Foods’?” and “Where do we get it from?” were among the many questions that the students had for their guide.

After the tour of Whole Foods, the campers enjoyed a garden barbecue behind the store. At the end of their meal, the students decorated their own cupcakes with various decorations and colors provided to them by Whole Foods.

Next, the campers formed into teams for the final stretch of their adventure: the scavenger hunt. Teams with names such as ” The Blue Devils” and “Team Insect-a-saurus” tore across Downtown Davis to collect items from various local businesses. The campers visited businesses such as Taqueria El Burrito, Amtrak and Regal Cinemas.

“Hurry! The other team is coming!” yelled Bridget Toledo, 10, as her team asked for a police officer’s business card for their list. The teams eventually made their way back to the bus stop, but not before each team stacked into a “human pyramid” and took a picture — one of the final scavenger hunt items.

The Davis Summer Bridge Youth Camp hopes that in future years, alumni of the camp will return as counselors to pass on the lessons they learned from the program.

Davis Bridge alumni, Yanely Herrera, 15, is already doing just that. Herrera is one of the Junior Camp Counselors volunteering with the summer camp. Herrera detailed that she participated in the Davis Bridge program when she was in elementary school, and now that her brother, Andres Herrera, is in the program, she was asked to volunteer.

“I don’t mind doing this over the summer,” she said. “Because when I grow up, I want to be a teacher.”

The youth camp is supported and made possible by its sponsors Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Art Center, Woodstock’s Pizza, Swim America, ASUCD Unitrans, Davis Police Officer Association, FINIS, UCD Bohart Museum, Davis Police Department, DJUSD, Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, Davis Encampment, Yolo Family Resource Center and Ink Monkey.

Pytel added: “This has truly been a Davis community partnership.”

Comments

comments

Felicia Alvarez

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Breaking barriers: For Prieto, it’s all about hard work

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Council to hear about drought pricing

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

     
    For the record

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    Peaceful Baltimore demonstrators praise top prosecutor

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Nigeria: Nearly 300 freed women, children led to safety

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Downtown altercation leads to injuries

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A3

    Woman arrested for brandishing knife on overpass

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A3

     
    Yolo DA launches monthly newsletter

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Can plants talk? UCD prof will answer that question

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    A Scottish setting for local author’s next book

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Graveyard thefts land three Woodlanders behind bars

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3

     
    Indoor Fun Fly comes to Woodland

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Garamendi votes against energy, water development bill

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Free beginner yoga class offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Video discusses surveillance of prostate cancer

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    NAMI support group meets May 10

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Dr. G featured on the radio

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Fee proposed on rail cars that haul oil, other flammables

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Internships move UCD doctoral students beyond academia

    By Julia Ann Easley | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    The secret to Mother’s Day gifting success: Give time, not stuff

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Make Mom a warm vanilla sugar scrub

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

    Letter book is series of collected missives thanking Mom

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    If your mom fancies something fancy, consider a tea party

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    Out of Africa and back to Davis: James Carey will give special presentation

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Big Day of Giving makes philanthropy easy

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    Tuleyome Tales: How are a snake and a mushroom alike?

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12 | Gallery

     
    Tuleyome hosts Snow Mountain camping trip

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12 | Gallery

    .

    Forum

    End of life doesn’t mean life must end

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4 | Gallery

     
    Advancing education for California’s former foster youths

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

    With sincere gratitude

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    A wonderful day of service

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Please help Baltimore

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Eyewitness to the ‘fall’ of Vietnam: It was not a bloodbath

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5 | Gallery

    He can’t give it up

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B6

     
     
    Dangers from prescription pills

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B6

    .

    Sports

    UCD softball splits with Titans

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Trifecta of Devil teams open playoffs Tuesday

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Defending champ DHS clinches a baseball playoff berth

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Sports briefs: DHS boys win to reach lacrosse playoffs

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Making memories at Aggie Stadium

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Pro baseball roundup: Hudson pitches Giants past Angels

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B12

     
    UCD roundup: Aggie women speed past Hornets

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

     
    New firm helps students on path to college

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A8

    Yolo County real estate sales

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A8

     
    Arcadia partners on soybean trait to improve yield

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    Marrone opens new greenhouse

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, May 3, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B8