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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy acticin cod And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

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It was this drive for success that the Patriots wide receiver stressed in his visit to Lowell High on Tuesday morning. Buy acticin cod Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy acticin cod along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy acticin cod sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy acticin cod which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy acticin cod workshops and first-loan programs.

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, buy acticin cod covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy acticin cod The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy acticin cod Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy acticin cod each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, buy acticin cod each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, buy acticin cod athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, buy acticin cod Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

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

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