The Story of Bubble Gum Day

Children’s book author Ruth Spiro is also the mother of two kids. It seemed they were always participating in school fundraisers that required them to sell things to neighbors and family, and they were uncomfortable with that. Bubble Gum Day offers schools a fun way to raise money without kids having to sell stuff. Even better, it’s cool to know there are lots of kids all chewing gum and raising money on the same day.

Since it began in 2006, Bubble Gum Day has taken on a life of its own. 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, radio, and in magazines and newspapers. Filmmakers even featured an elementary school’s celebration in a documentary about gum, produced by ARTE France.

Most importantly, funds raised in celebrations have been used for some amazing things. Schools have sponsored animals through Heifer International, sent snacks to troops stationed overseas, and purchased books for Reading is Fundamental.

How it Works

On Bubble Gum Day, everyone who donates 50¢ or more gets to chew gum in school, with proceeds going to any charity the school chooses. Kids have fun while raising money for a good cause. Some creative teachers even incorporate bubble gum into their lessons for the day!

The celebration isn’t limited to schools – many libraries, community centers, and even businesses hold Bubble Gum Day events. After all, why should kids have all the fun?

When is Bubble Gum Day?

Bubble Gum Day is always held on the first Friday in February.

Planning ahead?
Add these dates to your calendar:

February 3, 2023

February 2, 2024

February 7, 2025


For interview requests please contact Ruth Spiro, Bubble Gum Day Founder. 

To learn more about Ruth, visit her website.

Started in 2006 by children’s book author Ruth Spiro, Bubble Gum Day has become a sweet success.

Celebrations are popping up everywhere!