By: Cole Miller
A teacher's lifelong dream goes unfulfilled after a car accident left him in the hospital. Now, his students are launching an all-out campaign to make that dream a reality.
A Crete High School classroom is transforming into a campaign headquarters of sorts. It's home base for the "Ludvik Campaign," a movement sparked by students to send former social studies teacher Bernie Ludvik to Washington D.C.
"He had tickets to the inauguration, but wasn't able to attend and he's influenced our lives so much. So, we thought that we should give back to him, as well," Sophomore Anna Flores said.
Ludvik missed President Barack Obama's second inauguration after a nasty car accident left him hospitalized for nearly 2 months.
"He was just really excited about it and Ii think that's what's so heartbreaking about it, that he didn't get to go," Sophomore Blake Spanjer said.
Now, through Twitter and Facebook, these sophomores are determined to get him to the nation's capitol...and a meeting with the Commander in Chief.
"Our goal is to get him to Washington, to meet President Obama," Sophomore Kale Friesen said.
A lofty goal? Sure, but it's not stopping them. And they're asking for your help.
It's simple. Just tweet #ludvikcampaign and urge your friends to do the same. Earlier this week, it was a trending topic across the nation. And while Ludvick recovers, these students will work around the clock to fulfill his dream, hoping he'll be back in the classroom sooner than later.
"He was here the other day," Sophomore Renae Siech said. "He's still in a wheelchair because he broke his femur in his leg, but that shows how much he loves going at school, even though he was hurt and couldn't walk. He still wanted to be here and see everybody."
The students are hoping to get the attention of those in Washington. If it all works out, they'll put their efforts on getting him there.
They've set up the following Facebook to share his story--http://www.facebook.com/pages/Get-Well-Soon-Bernie-Ludvik/472716452776979?ref=ts&fref=ts