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Franklin Academy’s beautiful campus consists of seventy-five acres of rolling hills, open fields, and thickets of trees, and the school property stands adjacent to the extensive Chapman Pond Preserve. Even though our portion of New England has been inhabited for more than 350 years, eighty percent of the region is area, and wild life is abundant. We have deer, wild turkey, and fox running across campus, and we are continually on the lookout for bald eagles, great blue herons, and red-tailed hawks. But this is just a small sample as the lower Connecticut River is one of the most plentiful ecological systems in the country.

Looking beyond air and land, a two-acre pond, eighteen feet at its deepest point, lies in the middle of our campus. We use the pond for boating – kayaking and sailing typically, and here one will find our fishermen. Seamus, an ardent student angler, informs me that the pond is filled with yellow perch, black and white crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, and golden shiners. He should know. During his free time, Seamus stands at the water’s edge, casting his fishing line. More often than not, he reels in a fish, takes a picture, and releases his catch back into the water. Yesterday, Seamus reported a personal best at Franklin Academy’s pond – a largemouth bass weighing six pounds. This is no fish tale. Here is the photographic proof.

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