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

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

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

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

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