LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands of JCPS students are getting some help in time for winter.

Teachers, students, and community members donated to the 15th District Parent Teacher Association and JCPS Clothing Assistance Program.

Thousands of items were taken to the program's Clothes Closet on South 15th Street on Monday.

More than 5,300 coats, pants, gloves, scarves and other clothing items will be given to JCPS students.

According to a press release, JCPS students and staff had donated more than 5,100 articles of warm winter clothing including more than 1,900 children's coats, 1,500 pairs of children's pants as well as 1,700 hats, scarves, and mittens by Monday afternoon.

School officials say it helps the kids in the classroom too.

"Well job number one is student achievement, but you can't really worry about student achievement when you're cold or hungry, and this takes care of the cold part," JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens said.

The program serves between five and seven thousand families each year and has been running for 40 years.

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