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

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

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

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

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