BRIDGEPORT - Dozens of kids got free educational supplies at a back-to-school rally in Bridgeport today.

Rev. Mary McBride-Lee organized the rally, and called on parents to instill a fundamental respect for education in their children.

She said local businesses donated the supplies that were passed out to students, but parents must provide the motivation to make sure they go to the best use.

McBride-Lee is a Bridgeport school teacher, and said it was rewarding to help kids in need.

McBride-Lee also called on parents to teach their kids the evils of bullying.