The Yuma Realtors Association recently celebrated National Tell a Story Day by sharing tales on housing to about 100 children at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club.

According to their website, National Tell a Story Day is observed in the United States each year on April 27, and people of all ages are encouraged to share all kinds of stories on this day.

This year, The Yuma Realtors Association decided to volunteer about 20 realtors to share their stories that are relevant to their occupations so that children can learn about housing, said Shelley Ostrowski, president of the Yuma Realtors Association.

The Arizona Realtors news release said the effort is part of a nationwide partnership between Yuma Association of Realtors and the Boys and Girls Club. Arizona realtors across the state volunteered at their local branches for the day.

Ostrowski said that the President of the National Association of Realtors, Tom Salomone, encouraged the participation this year with Boys and Girls Clubs. “It's a great, safe place for kids to come. Realtors are always willing to help, but this is kind of dear to us because of our president.”

The Realtors separated children into different age groups and read stories on topics ranging from home building to purchasing a house.

Ultimately, Ostrowski said that she hopes the children will learn the importance of having a home as well as the importance of saving their money and working toward buying a home.

Ostrowski noted that though this is the first year that the Yuma Realtors Association took part in National Tell a Story Day at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Yuma, they are hoping to make it an annual event. “It's a way for us to get out and talk to them about what we do but also interact with them and the community. Children are our future.”

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