The Junior League of Knoxville continued its commitment to the community with its annual grants ceremony on Tuesday.

Junior League gave out $15,000 to 38 Knox County teachers who they think exemplify innovation in the classroom.

Each teacher pitched their idea to the organization, and earned $500 for the best and most creative ways to get kids excited about learning.

"They were all really creative. We judge on a lot of things, and creativity is one of them. Some of them did the life cycles of butterflies and different art projects. Some wanted to do things for physical education classes. Things they wouldn't normally get to do in the curriculum," said Kelly Handly, chairman of Junior League.

Over nearly three decades, the Junior League has donated $336,000 to teachers who improve student success in Knox County.