State Sen. Kevin Kelly read to a seventh-grade class at Shelton Intermediate School (SIS) during the school\u2019s annual Community Read-Aloud Day. The event coincided with Read Across America Day, the National Education Association\u2019s celebration of Dr. Seuss\u2019 birthday. \u201cIt is important to emphasize the value of reading at all ages,\u201d said Kelly, whose multi-town district includes all of Shelton. \u201cReading is the key to a lifetime of learning.\u201d Kenneth D. Saranich, SIS headmaster, invited Kelly and other community leaders to read a favorite story, poem or other piece of literature. Kelly selected President Abraham Lincoln\u2019s Gettysburg Address. \u201cI chose this speech because it exemplifies the power of words,\u201d Kelly said. \u201cPresident Lincoln made many sacrifices so we can enjoy freedom and liberty today. His words are his legacy.\u201d Made connection to situation in Ukraine After reading aloud to the students, Kelly connected Lincoln\u2019s famous speech to the current conflict in the Ukraine. \u201cLincoln\u2019s words were meant to motivate a divided nation,\u201d he said. \u201cToday\u2019s civil unrest abroad reminds us that history is not so distant. When we face turmoil, we can look to the leaders of our past for inspiration.\u201d According to Saranich, inviting local leaders to read at this annual event sets a good example for the students. \u201cActions speak louder than words, and hearing community leaders read sends a powerful message,\u201d Saranich said. Kelly also donated a book on Lincoln to the class.