Welcome back: Students, others line up along roads to welcome Lucas Grounds home

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Published by: Cody Thompson, Mooresville-Decatur Times

MOORESVILLE — Students at Mooresville High School endured the biting cold Friday afternoon for several minutes to welcome home sophomore Lucas Grounds.

Grounds, a motorcycle racer, had been injured in an accident that left him in the care of Riley Hospital for Children for roughly two months. He was finally released and had a police escort through town, including a brief drive-through at his school.

Students carried his number and color — 912 and orange — via signs and streamers as they welcomed him back from his extensive hospital stay.

A Gofundme account has already been set up in Ground’s name, organized by Kolt Kinsler and Sam Hall. The crowdfunding account has already raised $78,034 of the $100,000 goal thanks to the donations of 839 people.

The Mooresville Consolidated School Corp. superintendent Randy Taylor was also present at the drive-by Friday.

The district is happy to see him out of the hospital, he said, and on the road back to health.

“Lucas is just one of the many students we care about in Mooresville,” he said.

Contact Cody Thompson at 765-342-1440 or at cthompson@reporter-times.com.