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By Pete McQuaid, order clarinex online pmcquaid@lowellsun.com


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

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

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

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