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

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

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

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