BRIDGEPORT - Community leaders on Bridgeport's East End held a picnic today in an effort to end bullying among children and teens.

The East End Community Council in Bridgeport held the Connecticut Against Violence Back to School event Saturday afternoon.

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The picnic featured free book bags and a raffle with prizes that included a bike and Kindle e-readers.

Organizers say they hope to make it an annual event and inspire the community to put an end to bullying and violence.