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

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

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

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

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