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ZODEE AULD/For the Chronicle
Hernando Elementary School third-grader Piti Billups, right, and school custodian David DeMello hold school doors open to help with the boxes of food she collected.
Student has a hunger for helping

When 8-year-old Piti Billups heard about the 18th annual Citrus County School Wide Food Drive, she thought about friends.  

“Piti means beautiful flower in Indian — and she is,” said her mom, Kaylene Marie Smith. “She came home one day and asked if we we could save cans because there are students who have no food. She said her teacher is always bringing in food; she wished she could bring that much for the students, and then asked if she could ask a couple of neighbors to help.”

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