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CINCINNATI - The Scripps Howard Foundation helped educate Northern Kentucky elementary students Wednesday with a blast from the past.

With the help of the foundation's funding, education programs that are a part of the Chautauqua movement were able to visit schools with an Abraham Lincoln impersonator.

Honest Abe visited Charles H. Kelly Elementary School in Burlington Wednesday morning.

Abe expressed to them the importance of something these students do everyday: Reading.

"Lincoln overcame some very difficult times," The Abraham Lincoln impersonator, Jim Sayre told 9 News. "He had less than one year of formal education, but he developed the skill of reading. If you can read and understand what you are reading, there is nothing that has ever been recorded that is hidden because you have the ability to read.  Lincoln developed that skill quite early in life."

Sayre has been impersonating Abe Lincoln for over 30 years.

One of the students said that Abe's visit helped them learn more about Abe Lincoln, "not only as a president but, as a person."

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