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

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

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

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

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