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The community continues to mourn the death of 11-year-old Megan Wolitski, one of three girls pinned underneath a van that plowed through a junior high school Oct. 25.
Wolitski died the following day of her injuries, while the other two remain in Edmonton hospitals -- one in critical condition.
Aside from those directly involved, the county says there are thousands more in need of counselling and assistance.
"The schools are dealing with parents and kids affected," said Janice Fodchuk with St. Paul Family and Community Support Services (FCSS.)
"For us, there are the bus drivers, there are grandparents, who are still going through tough times."
The van crashed through a Grade 6 French immersion classroom around 9:30 a.m.
Fodchuk said in the hours following the crash, the strength of the community showed as people banded together to help in any way they can.
"Our community is really strong. I was in charge of getting coffee, water and supplies for the firefighters. I'd go to pay and people would say 'I got it'," she said.
"We have an amazing community, but it's sad and it's a difficult time for sure."
She added that with a town of just 5,600 people, it's not hard to find someone impacted in some way, including support workers themselves.
"It's still really sad," she said, tearing up. "I think, we know that when people are in crisis you should bring in outside people, because they don't have the same emotions. But that's not always possible."
Meanwhile, a St. Paul radio station says that trust funds are in the process of being set up for the victims and their families, and more details will be released as they become available.
Richard Edward Benson, 46, of St. Paul, is charged with four counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, one count of resisting arrest and one count of possessing marijuana.
Benson is due in a St. Paul courtroom Monday for a bail hearing and an Alberta Justice spokeswoman would not comment on whether or not security will be beefed up for the appearance.