Every student at Townsend Harris High School takes that oath. Susan Karlic, co-president of the Parent-Teacher Association, takes that line to heart.
“I found it to be a great school, a loving school,” she said. “I cannot even picture this school going down the pits. That has gotten to me.”
Karlic is one of the leaders of the school community’s fight to remove interim acting principal Rosemarie Jahoda. She has spoken at rallies, called elected officials and led meetings.
While she takes her responsibility as PTA co-president seriously, she has other roles to juggle too, including being a parent for a senior at Townsend Harris. Whenever she gets a second to just breathe, she said she will focus on what needs to be done next.
“The burden is a lot,” she said, “sometimes heavy.
“I wouldn’t be able to do any of the things I do without the support I receive from my family and the Townsend community,” she added. “They truly are my rock and backbone in everything I do.”
When she stepped into the school as a “freshman mom,” she already felt part of that school family, so Karlic feels a responsibility to pass that feeling on for the next crop of parents and students.
“[The school] made my daughter grow. I’m so proud of her now, and it’s a result of what this school made her to be,” Karlic said. “I want other kids to have as great of an experience as my daughter did.”