Some local students are getting a hands-on lesson in citizenship. Fourth grade students at Salinas Elementary are collecting pet food in order to help a local animal shelter. Students are learning what it means to give back to their community and how much effort it takes to make a community project like the animal shelter work. Fourth grader Natalie Pena says, “We’re helping the local animal shelter with all the homeless animals." Dog and cat food will be accepted at the Salinas Elementary front office at 1000 Century Blvd. from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm through this Friday.