This fall, nearly 55 million kids will report to elementary or secondary school, according to the U.S. Department of Education — an increase of 30,000 over last year. On Long Island, nearly 450,000 students in pre-K through 12th grade will report to class this school year.
Unfortunately, the journey from kindergarten to commencement is inflicting damage on kids. More than eight in 10 students report moderate to extreme stress, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Psychological Association. And levels of teen anxiety and depression are skyrocketing.