IT was a win-win situation for four local schools, Mandurah Forum and the Growing Together Initiative on Monday.
Students from the four schools made their outdoor project plans a reality, sharing $14,000 in prize money, thanks to Mandurah Forum.
Over the past three months, the community lodged more than 20,000 votes for their favourite school by placing a ping pong ball received when shopping at the Forum in one of four school donation boxes.
Meadow Springs Primary School and Education Support Centre took out the major $10,000 prize and will use it to create an outside obstacle course/gym for students and the community.
Education Support principal Gwen Evans said the school appreciated all the shoppers who had voted for their project.
Greenfields Primary School took home the $2000 prize that it will use for a new nature reserve (outside and equipment free) playground.
The two $1000 prizes went to Mandurah Primary School for a new garden where students can grow fruit and vegetables and Living Waters Lutheran College for a nature playground for kindy students.
Mandurah Forum manager Jacqueline McKenzie said the Growing Together Initiative was all about giving back to the community.
The project is likely to become an annual event with more schools involved next year.