Donor Scott Nguyen, left, Taylor Post, Chloe Keller and Cahoots Coffee Cafe Executive Director Scott Poor show the T-shirts the girls designed in a contest.

ANGOLA — Two Angola students designed T-shirts to be distributed by Cahoots Coffee Cafe.

Taylor Post, 14, who will be a freshman this fall, incorporated imagery of coffee and music with the saying, “We’re not just coffee, we’re caring! Serving up smiles!”

Post said she enjoys spending time at Cahoots, a nonprofit youth outreach.

“I usually come here with my friends,” she said. “I like to play the piano. I like to just hang out with my friends.” They play board games, she said, and sip coffee and chai tea.

Chloe Keller, 13, an Angola Middle School eighth-grader, drew a steaming coffee cup on a stack of books with the slogan: “Cahoots is a hoot.”

Keller said when she thinks of a coffee house, she envisions a cozy spot with a warm drink and a book. The saying came from her grandmother.

“My grandma says, ‘Oh, she’s a hoot’ all the time,” said Keller.

Each girl got a gift certificate and a T-shirt.

For a donation, the T-shirts will be available to the public while supplies last.

The shirts will be distributed as prizes to people who get involved in Cahoots activities, such as open mic night this Friday, 6-8 p.m. A poetry slam will be held on Thursday, July 18, at 6 p.m. and game night is Thursday, July 25, at 5 p.m.

Donors provided $1,300 for the T-shirt contest. They include Bike and Soul, Monument Pizza Pub, the Downtown Angola Coalition and Coffee News of Northeast Indiana.

Scott Nguyen of the Coffee News was a teacher for six years then worked in student services for six years at East Allen County Schools. Nguyen and Cahoots Executive Director Scott Poor dreamed up the T-shirt contest idea and Nguyen’s business put a significant donation behind it.

“He’s a really outside-the-box type of guy,” said Poor. He said Nguyen has taken an interest in Cahoots and offers creative ways to take the organization to the next level.

Donations made the T-shirt contest possible and are the life blood of a nonprofit organization. In May, Cahoots received an anonymous $5,000 grant from the Steuben County Community Foundation and $1,500 from the SCCF’s Sheets Family Fund in April. The cafe also recently received a $1,000 grant from the Walmart corporation and $500 each from the Pleasant Lake Lions Club and Kiwanis.

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