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By Pete McQuaid, order cheap stop smoking online pmcquaid@lowellsun.com


All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order cheap stop smoking 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, order cheap stop smoking online" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order cheap stop smoking online "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order cheap stop smoking 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. Order cheap stop smoking online Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order cheap stop smoking online along with the National Financial Educators Council, order cheap stop smoking online sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order cheap stop smoking online which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order cheap stop smoking 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, order cheap stop smoking online" said Michelle Silveira, order cheap stop smoking online senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Order cheap stop smoking online "Even if they're saving as little as $10, order cheap stop smoking 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, order cheap stop smoking online covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order cheap stop smoking online The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order cheap stop smoking online Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order cheap stop smoking online each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, order cheap stop smoking online who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order cheap stop smoking online He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order cheap stop smoking online Mo., order cheap stop smoking online the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order cheap stop smoking online He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order cheap stop smoking 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, order cheap stop smoking online youhave more respect for it, order cheap stop smoking online" said Lloyd.

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

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

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