We live in a small state where the roots of poverty often run deep. But being small can have its merits. Change happens faster and has a more noticeable impact, making it easier to tend to those roots. Small seeds of promise can yield deep change and create growth in ways we’ve not seen. That’s how opportunity starts, with the creation of a model elementary school funded by Winthrop Rockefeller in Morrilton or through the many gifts he made to our state’s colleges and universities. Education is the best deterrent against poverty. It’s a seed planted years ago now bearing the fruits of change that contribute today to our growth and prosperity.