STUDENTS from three local primary schools will see nature playgrounds come to life and community gardens expanded after they received a combined $13,000 in prize money, courtesy of Mandurah Forum’s Growing Together Initiative.
More than 31,000 votes were tallied as part of the third annual initiative with customers deciding the winners by shopping and submitting tokens towards their favourite school.
Mandurah Forum centre manager Jacqueline McKenzie presented the $10,000 first prize cheque to Oakwood Primary School which boasted the most votes per student.
The school will spend the prize money on building a nature play area for its early childhood students.
A record 17 schools participated.
Oakwood Primary School principal William Davis said he could not express how much the win would benefit students and the school.
Other winners included Mandurah Primary School who will spend $2000 on expanding the community garden established when the school took out the top prize last year and Greenfields Primary School, who will spend $1000 on a nature playground.