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Pediatricians raise money for children's books

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

A fundraising campaign is seeking to get kids' books to Flint doctors so that they're able to identify developmental issues.

The Detroit Free Press reports the effort was announced Thursday. The campaign, which is run by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Michigan chapter, looks to extend a national program to Flint with assistance from $180,000 in donations.

Chapter executive director Denise Sloan said that as doctors look to give care to and monitor kids affected by Flint's crisis with lead-tainted water, literacy is an important signal as to whether more care is needed for a child.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who is credited with bringing the water crisis to the public's attention, said in a statement that to encourage "early literacy is critical for our Flint kids." Hanna-Attisha reported high levels of lead in children's blood.

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