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

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

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

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

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