A deadline of Aug. 31 has been announced for nominations for this year's Sunday School Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by Gospel Light. The winner and runners-up will be announced in connection with the 13th annual Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day, which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15 at Sunday schools across the country. In 1993, Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day was started to encourage churches across America to honor the over 15 million Sunday School teachers who volunteer every week. This award was established in honor of Henrietta Mears, a famous Christian educator who influenced the lives of such well-known and respected Christian leaders as Bill and Vonette Bright, Billy Graham, Richard Halverson, Dale Evans Rogers, and many more. All nominees are judged on their dedication to teaching the Word of God, their innovation, creativity and the degree of personal involvement with their students. Any individual who is currently teaching or has taught Sunday School for a minimum of two years and who is living is eligible. Gospel Light employees, consultants and their family members are not eligible. Past recipients of the first-place award are ineligible, as well as employees and family members of organizations providing prizes for this award. The Sunday School Teacher of the Year will receive a vacation for two to Hawaii, free curriculum and resources for his or her Sunday school class. The winner's church will also receive a $500 gift certificate from Gospel Light. Each Top-10 finalist will receive special gifts and recognition from Gospel Light and Christian Teacher's Aid. And their churches will receive Gospel Light gift certificates. Nomination forms and additional information can be received from www.mysundayschoolteacher.com or call the Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day Hotline at 800-235-354-4224.