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

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

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

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

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