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A 15-year-old Boy Scout from Rota, Spain, is leading a project to collect school supplies for needy children in Afghanistan.

Ninth-grader Adam Dietrich, a member of Boy Scout Troop 73 in Rota, helped set up the charity drive this month as part of his pursuit for the rank of Eagle Scout.

He and a group of Boy Scouts in Rota are looking for people to donate pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, folders, crayons, binders, rulers and other school supplies, according to Adam’s father, Navy Lt. Shane Dietrich.

A donation point has been set up at the Navy Exchange Video Mart on Enriquez Street.

The Scouts also are going to have a bowl-a-thon to help raise money for school supplies. Their goal is to collect $500 worth of supplies and raise another $500 to purchase additional items.

They hope to deliver everything at the end of the month with the help of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank a Boy Scout can reach. For every 100 boys who join the Boy Scouts, statistics show that only two earn the highest award.

Stripes scholarship deadline nears

High school seniors have until Monday to submit applications for three $1,000 scholarships offered by Stars and Stripes.

The scholarships are for seniors who will be entering a four-year college and plan to major in journalism or mass communication. Students must be dependents of Department of Defense ID card holders, and can be students at Department of Defense Dependents Schools, international schools or home-schooled.

The application process includes submission of high school transcripts, writing samples and a short essay based on an article from the Opinion page of Stars and Stripes. A panel of college educators and professional journalists will select the winners.

Applications are available at the offices of DODDS-Europe guidance counselors or at the following link: legacy.stripes.com/4schol.doc. For more information or questions, contact Kriston Loughlin at DSN 349-8268 or civilian (+49) (0)6155-601268, or by e-mail at: loughlink@mail.estripes.osd.mil.

Welcome home festivities

DARMSTADT, Germany — Beer and brats surely beat desert heat.

Troops and civilians returning from Iraq will be welcomed home at ceremonies and celebrations in Darmstadt and Babenhausen.

The parties are free and will recognize everyone who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The first welcome home will be Friday at noon in Darmstadt. The Babenhausen event will be on April 23 at 1 p.m.

Both will begin with brief ceremonies hosted by Lt. Col. L.J. Strife, commander of the 233rd Base Support Battalion. Then Lord Mayor Peter Benz in Darmstadt and Mayor Reinhard Rupprecht in Babenhausen will perform a ceremonial tapping of the keg.

Food and beverages, both beer and soft drinks, are free. Both events will include balloons, kids’ games, bouncy castles, music and performances by the Frankfurt Galaxy cheerleaders. A local AFN crew will broadcast live and the U.S. Army Europe band will perform.

The rock band Wooden will perform at the Escape club in Darmstadt on Friday at 9 p.m. In Babenhausen, Rick Moore will perform magic at 4 p.m. at the Army Community Service building.

For more information, call Bob Vogt, deputy director of community activities, at DSN 348-1550 or civilian 06151-69-1550 or e-mail: vogtr@cmtymail.26asg.army.mil.

Soldier pleads guilty in burglary

WüRZBURG, Germany — A 1st Infantry Division soldier has pleaded guilty to being an accessory to larceny in connection with the burglary of a Bamberg jewelry store on New Year’s Day.

Pvt. Trevor Rogers, 19, of the Bamberg-based 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, was sentenced to three months in a military jail and was given a bad-conduct discharge after entering his plea on March 30, said Capt. Matthew Brown, acting chief of criminal law for the division’s Staff Judge Advocate.

Rogers’ friend, Pvt. Raul Ruiz, was convicted earlier in the month of smashing the window of a downtown jewelry store and snatching Swatch watches valued at around 2,200 euros, or about $2,640, Brown said. He was sentenced to 42 months in prison.

At his court-martial, Rogers denied involvement in the burglary.

But, Brown said, he acknowledged helping Ruiz hide the watches and some clothes that had been bloodied when the soldier cut himself on the broken glass of the window.

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