BigCrayon is a 501(c)(3)
Where Broken Crayons Still Color
Mission: Create Value and Improve the Lives of Others Less Fortunate
One veterans tragedy turns into giving to those less fortunate. After surviving a car accident that changed his life forever. He learns to read and write again with mobile dictation tools and cognitive games that now offer hope for other Traumatic brain injury survivors.
Planning for Events:
We also plan to host online eSports video gaming events. We host two large events per year for gamers of all skill and experience levels.
The proceeds from our events go straight to charity. We love throwing awesome events and raising money for local and national charities.
Gamers will link their computers or consoles to play a wide range of multiplayer games. It's not just for competitive gamers who want to play in tournaments, but also for the hobbyist gamer who enjoys playing their favorite game with friends. Every gamer who checks into a BigCrayon event is also eligible to win prizes in our event raffle. These prizes are made possible by our gracious sponsors!
We are 100% volunteer driven, and greatly appreciate the generosity of our sponsors!
Navy Veteran's Promise
Our founder made a promise to his 99 year young Grandmother Scott when he would often visit her at the assisted living community.
He almost failed to keep his promise when the accident took his ability to read or write well but God provided miracles to re-enable him with the use of mobile dictation tools, neuro-cognitive methods that he practices every day.
Visiting with Grandmother was like a history lesson about the past times in Kansas City. What a great inspiration and kind heart she had and inspiration of strength to all. She was so tough that she actually went to the old folks home and then made a comeback back to the assisted living before going to meet the lord passing away to be with the most high God in April 2012.
Grandma's Family History
Her maiden name was Holmes the daughter of James C. Holmes and Hattie Mae (Talley) Holmes. A predominant family in Kansas City Missouri with the late Harry Truman's father's mother was Mary Jane Holmes with predominantly English, with a few German, French, and Scottish family lines.
Love For Children
Holmes Park was laid out in the 1880s, and named after Robert J. Holmes, an original owner of the site.
Holmes Park was Kansas City's first playground to be fully equipped and supervised was Holmes Park. A post office called Holmes Park was
established in 1890, and remained in operation until 1955. Harry Truman's father's mother was Mary Jane Holmes. The ground was acquired in 1896 and completed as a park the next year. By 1910 supervised activities for both winter and summer recreation were available to children of all
ages, and swing, slides and teeter-totters were in place as well as tennis courts and baseball and hockey fields.
A 1920 Souvenir pamphlet of the park commissioners (reprinted from a 1914 report) stated: A bath house on this playground contains two waiting rooms; attendants room; shower rooms one gymnasium and playroom; two clubrooms and one comfort room for men and one for women. A fee of 2 cents for towel and 2 cents for soap is made.
About 500 children a day patronized Holmes Park in 1920.
The use of the park was limited in recent years because the property, which was originally surrounded by modest homes, was circled by business establishments.
In 1960 voters approved the sale of the property, which had been requested by the park board. The revenue was used for other park purposes.
James Holmes, had the most distinguished war record of all of Truman's ancestors. He served in the Revolutionary War under Colonel Daniel Morgan of Morgan's Raiders fame, and participated in the battles of Trenton, Brandywine and Germantown. The President's grandfather. In 1846, Anderson married Mary Jane Holmes, the daughter of Jesse and Nancy Holmes, in Christianburg, Kentucky, and soon the couple moved to Jackson County, Missouri. William Scott, another ancestor, was born in 1747 and died in Jefferson County, Kentucky in 1823 or 1824. Very little else is known about him. Scott's daughter, Sarah - also known as Sally married David Gregg, born in 1767 or 1776, son of John and Ann Gregg, about whom even less is known. David and Sally's daughter, Harriet Louisa Gregg, married Solomon Young in 1838 in Shelby County, Kentucky; the couple became Harry Truman's maternal grandparents. Meanwhile, Anderson Shipp Truman and his wife, Mary Jane, also settled in Jackson County, on a farm rented from Dr. Johnston Lykins near Westport in an area now part of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Truman's family roots may not have been presidential or royal, but his Anglo-Saxon ancestry was typical of the Missouri family farmers of his time: a class of energetic, sturdy farmers and agrarians whom Thomas Jefferson described as the backbone of America. Benjamin Holmes (August 8, 1846 – January 14, 1914) was a Democratic Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri in 1890-1891. He was the first mayor under a new charter allowing for two-year terms and was oversaw the design and construction of the George Kessler-designed parkway system.
Holmes was born in Independence, Missouri. He operated the livestock commission firm of Lail & Holmes at the Kansas City Livestock Exchange building. He was treasurer of Jackson County, Missouri from 1878 to 1885.
Barbara Scott (Holmes) grandson Douglas Scott in the late 90's had two sons Timothy Nathan Scott and Nicholas Andrew Scott that were given a computer to use toward hopefully follow in their fathers foots steps. One day they were given some internet sites shared at school by their friends after telling them about the new computer that dad built for them. Well let's just say they got a real early sex education from these sites they stumbled upon that day. The boys father Douglas Edward Scott being a technical project manager for some of the largest business infrastructure supporting mobile technology, cloud computing, and 5G Wifi6 for digital assistant at home devices. One day after a long day at work the father decided to sit down to have the boys so they could show him what they had discovered in their internet travels that day. What they didn't realize was their search were being captured by default on the Internet browser. The show and tell reveled everything they had stumbled upon along their journey that day but after review of some very adult rich content the dad decided to look into what could be done about filtering this one of the online experience and found very little in the late 90's. He worked very late hours sometimes and often performed analysis while monitoring the software build process for the mutual funds and stock transfer systems for all broker dealers. There was an initiative underway in 1998 to segment the domains into .com, .net, .xxx, .kids etc...
The domain realignment bill went before congress but was shot down after the adult industry lobbyists paid off a few votes on the floor to squelch this solution to what is known today as content filtering. Douglas, in his extensive research found a promising congress bill named COPPA headed up by Donna Rice and Collin Powell. Douglas first met General Powell one of his join task force commanders that coordinated the invasion of Grenada. General Powell later became national security advisor in 1987 and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1991 and helped plan Operation Desert Storm. Gen. Powell was the chairman of America's Promise – The Alliance for Youth, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of young people. Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret) served as the founding chair of America’s Promise and remained board chair until 2001, when he stepped down to become U.S. Secretary of State. The Five Promises are: caring adults to guide and encourage them; safe places, both physical and psychological, in which students can safely develop; a healthy start in the form of proper nutrition and exercise; effective education that prepares them for work and life; and opportunities to help others and foster a sense of community, self-respect and service.
The Child Online Protection Act (COPA) was a law in the United States of America, passed in 1998 with the declared purpose of restricting access by minors to any material defined as harmful to such minors on the Internet. The law, however, never took effect, as three separate rounds of litigation led to a permanent injunction against the law in 2009.
Special Thanks to the Determination of Donna Rice with her mission for parents to just say Enough is Enough
It’s a no brained to Protect your loved ones online.
Do something now before it’s too late.
TO REPORT CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, OBSCENITY, OR TO REPORT A CYBERCRIME: www.cybertipline.com
Or call: 1-800-THE-LOST (provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). The congressionally mandated CyberTipline is a reporting mechanism for cases of child sexual exploitation including child pornography, online enticement of children for sex acts, molestation of children outside the family, sex tourism of children, child victims of prostitution, and unsolicited obscene material sent to a child. Reports may be made 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
105th Congress (1997-1998): Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.
116th Congress (2019-2020): A bill to amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 to strengthen protections.
Finally in 2019 the vision of COPPA and BigCrayon is realized when Google YouTube in compliance joined thousands demanding protection for children. Google YouTube Announcements: Important: All creators are obligated to take action to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and/or other laws. Review your channel and video settings.
You Can Help Continue by Sharing with Parents
Let's face it, our smartphones are very addictive and so is the rich content hitting our children through video games and social media. There is no reason not to protect your loved ones these days from the very provocative content influencing our young today.
Visit the site and share with others these easy to install solutions for children online protection.
Sharing these simple yet effective solutions below protects children of the world from predators. The Internet has become a playground for predators with invitations just a message away that can change your little one's life forever.
Inexpensive Family Safe Solutions:
Child Online Protection is super easy with the help from Disney. Circle Home Plus the 2nd Gen in Parental Controls - Internet & Mobile Devices. It works on Wifi, Android & iOS Devices and offers control apps and time limits plus super easy block & filter of inappropriate content.
Our work builds upon decades of effort, by countless organizations and individuals who have helped. We're thankful to benefit from the tireless help of the broader computer science education community, and we thank all the partners and individuals who have supported our impact over the years.