Carrying on a 35-year tradition, the city of Brentwood has awarded thousands of dollars in funds to local schools and community groups.

The Brentwood City Commission presented checks to the groups during its Aug. 23 meeting. Recipients included Brentwood-area schools in the Williamson County Schools district and recreation and nonprofit groups.

According to the city, Brentwood and Ravenwood high schools each received $62,000; Sunset and Woodland middle schools each received $15,600; and Crockett, Edmondson, Jordan, Kenrose, Lipscomb and Scales elementary schools each received $10,400. Sunset Elementary School, which has a lower percentage of Brentwood-area students, received $4,785.

WCS Principals in attendance during the meeting said they plan to use the funding to pay for new technology as well as intervention course materials to help students catch up from learning loss due to the pandemic.

“Our budgeting for technology, band instruments and athletic needs goes well beyond the monies received from the district," Ravenwood High School Principal Pam Vaden said in a release. "I am grateful for a community that prioritizes education as No. 1.”

Over the past 35 years, the city has donated more than $6 million to Williamson County Schools from its annual budget.

In addition to school funding, the city also awarded $102,250 to local community groups. Recipients included youth football program Brentwood Blaze, senior services nonprofit FiftyForward Martin Center, the Brentwood YMCA, Brentwood Ball Club and the Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency.

Commissioners said each of the community groups helps provide a service to Brentwood residents that helps the city have a more diverse selection of offerings that do not need to be city-funded.

“These contributions to service providers are just that—money provided to groups which provide services in lieu of the city having to do it," Commissioner Anne Dunn said in a city release. "This serves the residents’ needs and saves tax dollars in terms of staffing costs and time.”