Rather than taking the bus to school, Hillcrest Elementary third-grader Drew Holden, 8, enjoyed a stroll down Frederick Road with his mother, Ellie McIntire, as part of the school's Walk to School Day Wednesday.
"I might have more energy for school now," Drew said.
They were among 342 parents and children who walked or rode bikes down the sunny streets of Catonsville, as an alternative to taking the bus or car to school, on the crisp fall morning.
That is an increase from the 250 who participated last year, said Kevin Nelson, of the Hillcrest Parent Teacher Association and a member of the committee that helped to organize the event.
"It's a dual purpose initiative," said Erin Hager, who heads the Healthy Hedgies Committee that organized the event. "It promotes physical activity and health, while also being green."