Miriama Malamu, center, and Anelka Nkembo, left, copy down the instructions for their latest sewing project as their teacher Giselle Larios writes them on the board at the beginning of class on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Malamu and Nkembo, like most of the students, are new Mainers. Malamu, who is from Angola, arrived in Maine two years ago and Nkembo, who is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, arrived in the state one year ago.