Denmark, SC (WLTX)- Denmark is a small town that has made huge gains in a troubling issue across the state.
"Education and access are important keys to preventing teen pregnancy," said Michelle Nimmons, Director of Human Resource Services for Bamberg School District Two.
Nimmons has been working for 30 years to combat the issue of teen pregnancy.
She says 30 years ago Denmark had one of the highest teen birth rates in the state and today they have one of the lowest of the 46 counties. The comprehensive sex education begins in middle school.
"You have to start early talking to your children. It doesn't necessarily have to be the first conversation you have, but you have to know your children and we try to teach young people to initiate the conversation," said Nimmons.
Forrest Alton, CEO of the South Carolina Campaign to prevent teen pregnancy, says while they celebrate successes , there are still nearly 6,000 teens who gave birth in 2012.
"If we are serious about creating a South Carolina with better graduation rates and people who are better prepared for the workforce and decrease poverty... we have to get serious about preventing teen pregnancy," said Alton.