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McNair Academy honored at Atlanta Dream game

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The students and staff at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy took the WNBA Atlanta Dream up on their offer to attend their regular season finale game Sunday.

The invite celebrated the courage of everyone after a gunman walked into the school last month.

The women of the Atlanta Dream lost to the Phoenix Mercury 79 -71, but it's probably safe to say they won in the eyes of those in attendance from McNair academy.

During a second quarter timeout, staff members walked along the edge of hardwoods in front of thousands of cheering Dream fans.

Their moment in the spotlight at the WNBA game was all about honoring their courage.

Just weeks ago a gunman entered the elementary school armed with demands and fired at police.

The brave teachers and their students rose to occasion, making it out of the school safely and in an orderly fashion.

Fourth-grader Frederick Gilliam was one of those students.

Many of them were also invited to the game.

"I feel very happy that I get to see the Atlanta Dream play. [It's] my very first time," said Frederick.

The school's principal, Dr. Brian Bolden, told CBS Atlanta News that it was great to see the kids so excited.

"To see the smiles and the high-fives and hugs, students saying, 'Dr. Bolden, we're at the Philips Arena.' That really meant a lot to me because our kids have gone through a lot," said Bolden.

Bolden said the students and faculty can use positive events like the game to help move forward.

The gunman was taken into custody and no one was injured during the school shooting on Aug. 20.

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