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By Pete McQuaid, order discount acyclovir pmcquaid@lowellsun.com

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

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

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

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