Given that there's a "National Day" for almost anything one can think of, it probably won't shock you to find out that there is a National Bubble Gum Day. But what may shock you is the "what" and "why" behind this sticky day held annually on the first Friday in February.
Ruth Spiro, a writer, children's book author and bubble gum fan created this holiday in 2006. A mother of two and tired of all the traditional fundraisers that required her kids to sell things to people, she came up with a fun way for the school and kids to raise money. Since kids are not allowed to chew gum at school, why not allow them to pay for the right to chew gum at least one day a year? And with this clever idea... National Bubble Gum Day was born.
So, what exactly is this Bubble Gum Day and how does it work? Everyone who donates 50 cents or more gets to chew gum in school, with proceeds going to any charity the school chooses. Also, some teachers have now gone as far as to incorporate bubble gum into their lessons for the day! And now 7 years later, this celebration isn't limited to only schools. Many libraries, children's museums, community groups, businesses, military bases and even senior centers now hold Bubble Gum Day events. In the recent years the day has now gained more exposure after being covered on television and radio, and in newspapers and magazines.