BROOKLYN - Since disaster struck in Haiti, students at Catherine McAuley High School, many of whom have relatives in the island nation, have been relying on each other and on staffers for support amid uncertainty.

Some 40 students at the all-female Catholic school have family in Haiti, and many of them haven't been able to reach their loved ones since Tuesday's massive earthquake.

"They just try to get through their classes," says school counselor Naomi Cohen. "I check in with them daily and just say, 'if you do want to talk, I'm here.'"

Some of the girls say they are planning to collect donations to help the relief efforts in Haiti.

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