COSTA MESA — The wind off a helicopter hovering over the field kicked up a small dirt storm that swept over waiting students and parents.
Many youngsters pulled their powder blue shirts over their mouths and noses to keep out the dust, but most eyes were still open and transfixed as 3,080 golf balls were dropped from the helicopter.
"I liked it," said first-grader Lauren Tebbs, 6. "It looked like it was raining golf balls."
St. Joachim Catholic School hosted its on-campus helicopter golf ball drop fundraiser for the first time Wednesday afternoon to begin its annual golf tournament, a benefit at the Costa Mesa Country Club.
The school is trying to raise money to update its technology, buy new computers and keep tuition prices low so that families don't get priced out, which would lead to a decline in student diversity, said Principal Sister Kathleen Marie.
"It's something we depend upon so much," she said.