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

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

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

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

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