HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The public is invited to attend the proclamation signing and multi-agency observance of the Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 on Thursday, Sept. 10 in the Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.
The event, sponsored by the Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs and the Multi-Agency Planning Committee for Hispanic Heritage Month, will be held from 10 to 11:45 a.m. This year's theme is "Hispanic Americans: Energizing Our Nation's Diversity."
Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera will be the keynote speaker and will deliver a special tribute to longtime educator Dr. Iris MacRae of Lancaster, PA.
Dr. MacRae, after whom Carter & MacRae Elementary School in Lancaster, PA is named, led the School District of Lancaster's English as a Second Language/Bilingual Program for 16 years before her retirement and continues to be involved in the welfare of Carter & MacRae Elementary School students. During her tenure, the program grew from 100 to over 600 students.
Students of Carter & MacRae Elementary School's United Rhythm dance group will perform.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States are recognized and the group's heritage and culture are celebrated.
The Multi-Agency Planning Committee for Hispanic Heritage Month includes the following state agencies: Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs; Office of the Governor; the departments of Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Corrections, Education, Environmental Protection, General Services, Health, Human Services, Labor & Industry, Revenue, and State; Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission; Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board; Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission; State Civil Service Commission; and State Employees Retirement System.
For more information on the observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, contact Jose Molina, Executive Director of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, at 717-772-9034.
MEDIA CONTACT: Troy Thompson, 717-787-3197
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of General Services