National Bubble Gum Day
National Bubble Gum Day:
National Bubble Gum Day is celebrated on the First Friday of February every year in the USA to raise money for school activities without selling anything. Well, we don’t complain because we love gum and blowing bubbles with it.
Why National Bubble Gum Day?
As explained in the preceding paragraph, this day was established to raise money for school events without the obligation of selling something, but it was founded by Ruth Spiro, the author of a children’s book. The concept was that this day, the very first Friday of the month (February), kids should be allowed to buy the generally prohibited privilege of chewing gum in class for 50 cents if they made a 50 cent donation. While there may be some disruptions in class—we mean social activities children obtain a valuable lesson in charity, and the school receives a tiny sum of money to benefit the charities that they support. Two birds, with one stone. “ Hey, and children get one day to break the typical “no-gum” rule, and the school gets offered $50. There is something for everybody.
How Can We Observe National Bubble Gum Day:
The following activities can be carried out on the day:
- Supply Gum Let them Buy
While most parents might be a little concerned, and you may not be the type of parents that allowed their kid to have gum, do it this one day for charity. You could always make sure that your kid does not abuse the freedom given to him/her and show them that you trust them with money, making them feel responsible.
- Preach what you wanted to Teach
Since the children were allowed to have gum for a reason, teach them that. Tell your kids about charity. Explain to them how it works and why they should do it.
- Do not forget the fun part.
As promised, make the day fun for the kids so that they remember the day, and the value just stays in their heads. Various activities like blowing a bubble with gum or anything else you can think of can be made into a contest and administered in a recess or break time.
- Show Some Love
What you are doing is for a good cause, and it wouldn’t hurt to have a little fun and share the moments of joy with people. Use the hashtags below and post photos and videos of kids having a blast. Use these #bubbletrouble #Bubblegum #HubbaBubbaday.
Interesting Facts About National Bubble Gum Day:
The reason behind the establishment of this day is interesting, but there is more.
- Walter Diemer, an employee of the Freer Company, invented the first commercial bubble gum in 1928. It was known as Dubble Bubble.
- Bubble Gum Day encourages philanthropy in children and helps schools to support a cause that aligns with the school’s values and policies.
- In 1928, the first bubble gum gained over a million and a half dollars, which was a lot back then.
History Of National Bubble Gum Day:
The celebration of National Bubble Gum was started in 2006 by Ruth Spiro, a children’s author, and a mother, and realized the importance of inculcating charity and empathy in children. It is a celebration cum fundraiser for children with tonnes of fun activities and the chance to eat bubble gum, and it is celebrated on the first Friday of February, although there is no significance for it being on the first Friday. Chewing gum has been in history for over 5000 years, and people have been chewing it for the sake of enjoyment or to keep their breath fresh, similarly like we do today. It is also proven that various forms of chewing gums have existed in the Neolithic Period. It has a lot of proven advantages too, like it reduces stress, gives you a chiseled jawline, you can literally cut paper using that jaw; also it increases alertness you could use it when you have a boring class or really have to get things done, and it also curbs cravings that lead to unnecessary eating and helps in improving digestion.
Americans tend to observe this day and celebrate it ever since by buying a pack of their favorite gum and sharing it with their friends, participating in contests, and some even learn how to make bubbles with gum, which is a lost art, I might say. Now, without further ado, get your favorite flavor on the day and chew away.