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By Pete McQuaid, order imodium cod pmcquaid@lowellsun.com


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

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

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

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

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