All but a handful of Holland Hill Elementary School students -- and thousands more across Fairfield -- got their exercise on the way to school Oct. 5 by participating in National Walk to School Day.

Promoted by a North Carolina safety group, the 15th annual event was designed to promote health and fitness by encouraging students to walk or ride bicycles to school.

At Holland Hill, about 350 of the school's 370 students -- roughly 95 percent -- walked or biked, the school's PTA said. Many were many accompanied by parents. Other schools in town also participated.

The University of North Carolina's National Center for Safe Routes to School, which promotes the event, said millions of students at more than 3,700 schools nationwide participated.