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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy discount ed strips 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 discount ed strips online" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy discount ed strips online "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy discount ed strips 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 discount ed strips online Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy discount ed strips online along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy discount ed strips online sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy discount ed strips online which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy discount ed strips 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 discount ed strips online" said Michelle Silveira, buy discount ed strips online senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Buy discount ed strips online "Even if they're saving as little as $10, buy discount ed strips 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 discount ed strips online covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy discount ed strips online The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy discount ed strips online Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy discount ed strips 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 discount ed strips online who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy discount ed strips online He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy discount ed strips online Mo., buy discount ed strips online the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy discount ed strips online He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy discount ed strips 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 discount ed strips online youhave more respect for it, buy discount ed strips online" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, buy discount ed strips online each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, buy discount ed strips online athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, buy discount ed strips 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 discount ed strips online that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, buy discount ed strips online" said Lloyd.

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

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, buy discount ed strips online because each of them, buy discount ed strips online in some way, buy discount ed strips online will have money in their future, buy discount ed strips online" said Lloyd. Buy discount ed strips online "But all it takes is one kid. Buy discount ed strips online I come from a family of educators, buy discount ed strips 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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