The Daily Post gives a thumbs up to Gwinnett citizens who have stood apart this week.

Seeing a need

Former law enforcement officers Chris Bullock and Chris Walker read about Sheila Howell and learned of her six-year struggle to find justice for a murdered daughter, Jordan Land, and 2-year-old granddaughter, Whitney, in a Gwinnett County death penalty case.

The two men decided they could no longer sit back.

We give them a thumbs up this week.

Bullock, a former investigator with the Union City Police Department in south Fulton County, and Walker, a former Fulton County sheriff's deputy, incorporated a new Loganville-based nonprofit agency of trained volunteers. The group, called RECON for Rescuing Endangered Children via an Organized Network, will team up with police to help solve missing children cases, Bullock said.

Anyone can join RECON but volunteers must pay for and pass a $25 background check and purchase their own uniform. For more information and to download applications, visit

'Moore' honors

Thumbs up this week to Collins Hill's Maya Moore who was named to the USA Today first-team All-American squad.

The superstar forward was the only junior of the five first-team members. She averaged 23.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 steals and 4.6 assists in leading Collins Hill to its second straight Class AAAAA state championship.

Park building

Thumbs up to the more than 1,500 volunteers from across Gwinnett and metro Atlanta who gave their time and energy to help build playgrounds for young kids.

Tuesday was the first day of the community build for the newly constructed D. Scott Hudgens Jr. Early Education Center. The extensive project has turned into one of the largest volunteer efforts in Gwinnett County, with volunteers spending hours shoveling, cutting and measuring.

Together, the volunteers are giving more than $100,000 worth of manhours to building the outdoor playgrounds for toddlers and pre-K students. They will serve as play spaces for the 220 children who enroll in the new 26,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art early education center at Gwinnett Technical College.