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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy sinemet 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 sinemet in canada" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy sinemet in canada "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy sinemet 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 sinemet in canada Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy sinemet in canada along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy sinemet in canada sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy sinemet in canada which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy sinemet 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 sinemet in canada" said Michelle Silveira, buy sinemet in canada senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Buy sinemet in canada "Even if they're saving as little as $10, buy sinemet 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 sinemet in canada covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy sinemet in canada The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy sinemet in canada Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy sinemet 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 sinemet in canada who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy sinemet in canada He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy sinemet in canada Mo., buy sinemet in canada the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy sinemet in canada He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy sinemet 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 sinemet in canada youhave more respect for it, buy sinemet in canada" said Lloyd.

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

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

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