Mr. Ludvik responds to students’ mission

By: Cole Miller

His students want him to meet the President. He just wants to make a full recovery, and make it back to the classroom.

We first told you about Bernie Ludvik and the “Ludvik Campaign” last Thursday.

Bernie Ludvik has had to trade in the classroom for a hospital bed.

“I've lost basically two and a half months of my life,” Ludvik said.

The former Crete High School teacher, now a substitute, was gearing up to head to the nation's capital for President Obama's second inauguration. But in late November, he was in a life–threatening car accident.

“I don't remember any of this. In the 3 weeks after that, I was totally oblivious to what was going on,” Ludvik said.

A broken femur and tibula, plus a large scar on his head from surgery are reminders of just how bad it was.

In the wake of it all, students at Crete High School have started a movement, the “Ludvik Campaign.” They hope to use social media to send Bernie to the White House and a visit with Mr. Obama.

“It would be the thrill of a lifetime,” Ludvik said.

If this dream were to become a reality, what on earth would Bernie tell the leader of our country?

“If I meet the President, what I'm going to tell him, besides I admire him, is about the kids at Crete High School,” Ludvik said. “I'm going to make sure I let him know what kind of people we've got there.”

With 25 years of teaching behind him, Ludvik says he isn't done yet…especially after what he's seen from those he loves so much.

“It brings a tear to my eye, it really does. I can't thank people enough, never repay people enough.”

Ludvik says he had the chance to visit the school a week ago in a wheelchair. He says more than anything, he can't wait to get back to the classroom on his own two feet.