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Peoples Bank donates $5,000 to assist Coshocton Head Start Inc.

| June 29, 2015
Pictured left to right: Judy Taylor (Board Member); Toni Johnson (Board Member); Todd Brown (Peoples Bank); Phil Hunt (Peoples Bank); Steve Troendly (Executive Director); and Ken Smailes (Board President). Not pictured in photo, but in attendance: Bob Miller, Chief Fiscal Officer

Pictured left to right: Judy Taylor (Board Member); Toni Johnson (Board Member); Todd Brown (Peoples Bank); Phil Hunt (Peoples Bank); Steve Troendly (Executive Director); and Ken Smailes (Board President). Not pictured in photo, but in attendance: Bob Miller, Chief Fiscal Officer

COSHOCTON – Peoples Bancorp Foundation, a non-profit corporation formed to make donations in Peoples Bank market areas, recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Coshocton Head Start Inc.

The grant will be used to help renovate a former nursing home into an early learning and child development center. Once the center is complete it will serve more than 240 low-income youth.

“Engaging children early on is critical to how well they are able to learn and interact,” said Phil Hunt, Peoples Bank Branch Manager – Coshocton. “The Coshocton Head Start program is diligent in working to expand and enhance its offerings to the community. We’re excited to see the organization grow and are happy to support its endeavors with this grant.”

The Coshocton Head Start program provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. The program’s services and resources are designed to foster stable family relationships, enhance children’s physical and emotional well-being, and establish an environment to develop strong cognitive skills. The transition from preschool to elementary school presents diverse developmental challenges that include requiring the children to engage successfully with their peers outside of the family network, adjust to the space of a classroom, and meet the expectations the school setting provides.

Peoples Bancorp Foundation contributions focus on charitable giving in four major areas: community investment and economic development, youth and education, human services programs that improve the social needs of low- to moderate-income communities and individuals, and the arts and cultures. Organizations receiving grants meet those requirements and serve the markets where Peoples Bank currently has office locations.

Peoples is a diversified financial services holding company with $3.2 billion in total assets, 81 sales offices and 80 ATMs in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. Peoples makes available a complete line of banking, investment, insurance and trust solutions through its subsidiaries – Peoples Bank and Peoples Insurance Agency, LLC. Peoples’ common shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market® under the symbol “PEBO”, and Peoples is a member of the Russell 3000 index of US publicly-traded companies. Learn more about Peoples at www.peoplesbancorp.com.

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