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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy cheap erythromycin online And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

"I never saw sports as my future, buy cheap erythromycin online" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy cheap erythromycin online "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy cheap erythromycin online I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

It was this drive for success that the Patriots wide receiver stressed in his visit to Lowell High on Tuesday morning. Buy cheap erythromycin online Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy cheap erythromycin online along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy cheap erythromycin online sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy cheap erythromycin online which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy cheap erythromycin online workshops and first-loan programs.

"The program is such a great education for kids coming out of school or going into college to learn about saving, buy cheap erythromycin online" said Michelle Silveira, buy cheap erythromycin online senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Buy cheap erythromycin online "Even if they're saving as little as $10, buy cheap erythromycin online that's still making a difference."

Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, buy cheap erythromycin online covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy cheap erythromycin online The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy cheap erythromycin online Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy cheap erythromycin online each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, buy cheap erythromycin online who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy cheap erythromycin online He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy cheap erythromycin online Mo., buy cheap erythromycin online the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy cheap erythromycin online He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy cheap erythromycin online which he soon learned he would have to buy himself after mowing more than a couple of lawns.

"Once you view money as something that requires labor, buy cheap erythromycin online youhave more respect for it, buy cheap erythromycin online" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, buy cheap erythromycin online each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, buy cheap erythromycin online athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, buy cheap erythromycin online Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

"When you have that discipline and focus, buy cheap erythromycin online that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, buy cheap erythromycin online" said Lloyd.

Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Buy cheap erythromycin online After the presentation, buy cheap erythromycin online he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Buy cheap erythromycin online Though he encountered many Patriots fans, buy cheap erythromycin online Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, buy cheap erythromycin online he's happy.

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, buy cheap erythromycin online because each of them, buy cheap erythromycin online in some way, buy cheap erythromycin online will have money in their future, buy cheap erythromycin online" said Lloyd. Buy cheap erythromycin online "But all it takes is one kid. Buy cheap erythromycin online I come from a family of educators, buy cheap erythromycin online and one thing my dad would always say is that he'd teach all these years for one student to get something out of it."

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