The Providence Teachers Union and WLNE-TV/ ABC6, are partnering on a sweater and hoodie drive for Providence kids because of chilly classrooms due to open windows to maintain COVID-19 precautions.

Collection boxes for new sweaters and hoodies for boys and girls, any size, are now set up at the PTU offices at 99 Corliss St., and the Rhode Island Credit Union at 160 Francis St., in Providence.

“As long as there is in-school learning, we have to make sure students, teachers and staff are in safe and healthy environments. We continue to urge the state to upgrade the air quality in Providence classrooms through improved air filters and ventilation. In the meantime, windows are open and classrooms are chilly, so we started the ‘Sweater-Weather Drive for Providence Kids’ to collect new sweaters and hoodies for kids in need,” said PTU President Maribeth Calabro. The teachers are asking for new items because of COVID-19 precautions.

“When kids are comfortable and not thinking about being cold, they can concentrate on learning,” she said.

WLNE’s Interim General Manager Fran Gennarelli said his station is proud to partner with the PTU.

“Our primary job is to serve our local communities, so it is our pleasure to do whatever we can to help Providence children get through this difficult time. We encourage our community to participate and donate a sweater or hoodie,” Gennarelli said.

The collection boxes will be at the PTU and R.I. Credit Union for the next few months.

This is the second joint project between the PTU and ABC6. This past summer, Providence teachers recorded refresher lessons for students of all grades, which were posted on the ABC6 website.