My name is Ruth Spiro. I’m a writer, children’s book author, and bubble gum fan. I have two kids, and it seemed they were always participating in school fundraisers that required them to sell things to people, and they were uncomfortable with that. Bubble Gum Day offers schools a fun way to raise money, without kids having to sell stuff. I thought it would be cool to have lots of kids all chewing gum and raising money on the same day, which is why I created the holiday.
Since it began in 2006, Bubble Gum Day has become a sweet success. It’s been celebrated in schools, libraries, children’s museums, community groups, military bases and even senior centers! It has also been covered on television and radio, and in newspapers and magazines. This year, I had the thrill of being featured in a documentary film about gum, produced by ARTE France!
Most importantly, funds raised on previous Bubble Gum Day celebrations have been used for some amazing things: To buy animals through Heifer International, to send snacks to soldiers stationed in Iraq, and to purchase books for Reading is Fundamental. This year, one school is raising money for World Read Aloud Day.
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