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It was this drive for success that the Patriots wide receiver stressed in his visit to Lowell High on Tuesday morning. Discount paxil online Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, discount paxil online along with the National Financial Educators Council, discount paxil online sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, discount paxil online which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, discount paxil online workshops and first-loan programs.

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, discount paxil online covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Discount paxil online The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, discount paxil online Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, discount paxil online each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, discount paxil online each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, discount paxil online athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, discount paxil online Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

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

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