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ASU class uses lesson about murder to help hungry

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

There were over 14,000 murders in the United States in 2010, a baffling number to Augusta State University Sociology Professor Dr. Kim Davies.

"We hear about it all the time on the news, but just to think about how many people are affected," says Davies.

That's why for the past few years, Dr. Davies has been looking for ways to demonstrate the magnitude of that number to her Sociology of Murder classes.

"I've done things like have students collect paper clips and chain them together," she says. "We've collected pennies."

But this year, she had her class go a different route, one that would help those in need.

This year, Davies asked her students to bring in non-perishable food items, one for all 14,748 murders in the U.S., to donate to Golden Harvest Food Bank.

"I think it's really good for students to think about how they can help others on top of it being a real visual display," says Davies.

Students recognized the lesson quickly.

"It's a lot of murder," says student Betsey Davis. "It makes it real when you look at an individual item of food as a person, and that person has a family, and how it affects so many people."

The students weren't able to reach their goal- over 3600 items from 50 students- but Davies is happy with the end result.

She says the point of the exercise was understood, and better yet, her students filled an entire van of food to give to Golden Harvest.

"It would've been great to reach the goal," she says. "But to bring in over 3600 cans is really going to help the community."

Golden Harvest agrees.

"That is big. That is huge," says Golden Harvest's Georgia Chief Development Officer Shannon Jones, who helped pick up the donation. "It will help a lot of people."

And Dr. Davies is glad the impact she hopes to make on her students also impacts those in need in the CSRA.

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