When I left the building last June, they gave me a parting gift. I'd seen such practice done previously with other folks who took positions in other buildings of the district and always thought it kind of strange. (This does not include gifts for those folks who retired.) Over the years, people have received nice platters from Williams-Sonoma, crystal vases, and earrings. The gift I received is not worth mentioning.
So I find out another teacher is leaving my previous building this Friday, of her own volition, to do something she wants to do outside of school. I was asked, very casually, not in any way to suggest I must or that I should, but mentioned in a reply email to a querry I sent, whether I wanted to contribute to the gift certificate to a day spa. I know I do not and will not.
I'm wondering from those of you who read this site: Are such practices done in your work environment? Whether you work in a school or not is irrevelant.